Gift-wrapped present hides marijuana shipment


A mid-30s Thai woman carrying a gift box wrapped in floral wrapping paper didn’t fit the profile of a drug dealer, but inside the “present” was 2kg of marijuana. The woman was arrested on suspicion of dealing grass.

An informant offered Pattaya police a tip that a big drug delivery was going down on Soi Phraphanimit 27. Officers arrived to find Thanatporn Jekmadan, 37, dropping off the gift-wrapped box at a no-number row house.

Thanatporn Jekmadan (left) has been arrested and charged with trafficking marijuana.Thanatporn Jekmadan (left) has been arrested and charged with trafficking marijuana.

When police opened the 30-by-30cm package they found neatly packaged marijuana. Officers had Thanatporn take them back to her apartment where they found another 48kg of grass.

Police said the Nakhon Ratchasima native confessed to buying the marijuana from a dealer in Laos, using employees to pick up shipments on the Khong River. Police said she confessed to buying a kilogram of marijuana for 4,500 baht and reselling it in Pattaya for up to 8,000 baht.