Iranian national arrested with ‘ice’ worth US$267,000 at Thai airport

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SAMUT PRAKAN, May 14 — An Iranian national was detained at Thailand’s Suvarnabhumi Airport with 2.7 kilogrammes of crystal methamphetamine, also known as ‘ice,’ worth Bt8 mln (about US$267,000), senior customs said on Saturday.

Resa Gholami, 36, was arrested at the arrival terminal of the country’s main international airport, Ekkarat Rattaruj, director of Suvarnabhumi Airport Processing Customs Bureau, told a press briefing.

Flying from Doha, Qatar to Thailand, the suspect behaved suspiciously while passing through the terminal.

Customs officers asked him to stop for a baggage check and found crystal meth in plastic bags covered with white cardboard. The package of the illegal drug was hidden in a specially-made compartment of his rucksack.

According to an initial investigation, the alleged drug smuggler denied that the drugs belonged to him, saying that he was hired for Bt100,000 (over $3,300) to smuggle and deliver the crystal meth in Thailand.

The officers impounded the ‘ice,’ and charged him with smuggling the illicit drug into the kingdom along with possession of an illegal drug.

Mr Gholami was transferred to the Narcotics Suppression Bureau for further investigation. (MCOT online news)