Thai cops nab Malaysian with 64 kg cannabis in Hatyai

07 Apr 2019 / 19:05 H.

BANGKOK: A Malaysian was arrested by Thai police for having 64 kg of cannabis near the Malaysia-Thailand border on Saturday.

Hatyai Deputy Police Chief, Lt Col Tanawat Sengsui said police, acting on a tip-off, arrested the 36-year-old fruit truck driver from Penang at a guesthouse in a village in Khuan Lang, Songkhla at 2.30am (local time) on Saturday.

He said police found compressed lumps of marijuana weighing 64 kg hidden in a modified compartment of his Malaysian-registered Honda Accord.

“The man admitted he picked up the drugs in Hatyai and planned to smuggle the drugs into Penang the next day. He confessed that he had been hired to smuggle the marijuana into Malaysia via different border checkpoints before he was nabbed,” he told Bernama today.

He added that the man was apprehended during his fifth marijuana delivery job and the suspect tried to bribe the police to release him.

Tanawat said the suspect has no criminal record related to drug offences in Malaysia.

He said the man also admitted that he only smuggled marijuana to Malaysia with 60 to 70 kg per delivery and was paid 30,000 baht (RM3,800) for each trip.

Dried marijuana is valued at 10,000 baht per kg in Thailand, whereas the price is double or triple in Malaysia.

This is the second case of a Malaysian arrested by Thai police for drugs offences this month.

On April 2, a Malaysian, aged 55, was arrested with a total 32g of ‘Ice’ in 40 small packets and 11.9g of cannabis in his house in Hatyai.

Thanawat said the man was arrested for drug offences before and he was sentenced to two years jail in Songkhla and released three years ago.

“The suspect sells the drugs for 500 baht and 1,000 baht per packet,” he added. — Bernama

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