By Oisin Sweeney • 26 November 2020 • 9:49
THAI police have admitted that the 11.5 tonnes of suspected ketamine they recently seized in a Bangkok warehouse are likely to be harmless chemicals.
Originally thinking they’d successfully intercepted over a billion euro worth of the popular party drug, Thai police have now conceded that the bags of white powder actually contain trisodium phosphate. Out of the 450 bags, 66 have been tested so far and all have been proven to be the harmless chemical used as a food additive and in cleaning products.
The embarrassing error was conceded by Thailand’s Justice Minister, Somsak Thepsuthin, who said that ‘the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime even said that this type of mistake happened in other countries as well, but this was the first time in Thailand’.
Thailand is a major transit country in the ‘Golden Triangle’ of southeast Asian drug trafficking alongside China, Laos, Myanmar, and Cambodia. The region is one of the world centres of the lucrative heroin and methamphetamine black markets.
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Oisin is an Irish writer based in Seville, the sunny capital of Andalucia. After starting his working life as a bookseller, he moved into journalism and cut his teeth as a reporter at one of Ireland's biggest news websites. Since joining Euro Weekly News in November, he has enjoyed covering the latest stories from Seville, Spain and further afield - with special interests in crime, cybersecurity, and European politics. Anyone who can pronounce his name first try gets a free cerveza...
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