Bangkok — A Chinese woman was arrested at Bangkok’s Suvarnabhumi Airport with over two kilogrammes of crystal methamphetamine (ya ice) worth US$223,000 (7.2 million baht) on Saturday night.
Feng Muying, a 21-year-old Chinese national, was arrested after customs officials spotted the suspicious-looking woman and asked to inspect her luggage using an X-ray machine at 7:20 pm, said Paisarn Chuanjit, director of the Investigation and Suppression Bureau.
Upon inspection, they discovered in her luggage a total of 2,035 grammes of crystal methamphetamine in plastic bags wrapped in carbon paper and hidden inside plastic tubing.
The crystal methamphetamine seized was almost 100 percent pure, and its street value was higher than previous arrests, said Mr. Paisarn at a press conference on Sunday.
Ms. Feng allegedly confessed to being hired by a Nigerian man, who was the husband of her friend, for US$400 (12,000 baht) to deliver the drugs to another Nigerian man in Bangkok, according to reports.
She said she had travelled by bus from Guangzhou city in southern China to Hong Kong, where she boarded a Cathay Pacific Airways flight CX 703 to Bangkok.
She was charged with possessing a category one drug and carrying it into Thailand for sale without permission.
Crystal methamphetamine (commonly called “ice” in Thailand) is a very popular street drug in Asia, with large numbers of people addicted.
Along with the pill form of methamphetamine (called “yaba” in Thailand), it is considered the number one illicit drug threat in East and Southeast Asia.