Australian nabbed smuggling ketamine

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SA KAEO, Nov 2 – Thai customs officers and police on Monday arrested an Australian man for smuggling nearly a hundred small bottles of liquid ketamine, also known as K, from Cambodia.

A drug checkpoint was set up today at Aranyaprathet district of Sa Kaeo province to help stem the smuggling of illicit drugs into the country before the Loy Krathong celebrations starts next week.

Ninety-six 10 millilitre bottles of liquid ketamine were found in the baggage of 22-year-old Australian, Luke Craig McCann, as police carried out random checks on him and a group of foreign tourists as they entered Thailand from the Cambodian town of Poipet.

Police also discovered 23 used syringes in Mr McCann’s baggage.

The suspect said he is employed as a contractor in Australia and that he purchased the drug in Cambodia intending to sell and distribute the vials in Australia.

The syringes, however, were not drug-related but used for hormone injections to build his muscle more quickly as he is an dedicated bodybuilder.

Mr McCann was detained for further investigation at Klong Luek Police Station in Aranyaprathet.