Kratom leaves seized in postal boxes heading to southern provinces

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SONGKHLA, June 16 — Thai authorities successfully intercepted kratom leaves contained in postal boxes heading to the three southernmost provinces.

A working group on financial network of drug syndicates and insurgent group in the southern border provinces and narcotic control agents searched express mail postal boxes at a postal centre in Hat Yai, Songkhla and found that illict drugs were packed in 41 parcels.

The seized illicit drugs included 40 kg of kratom leaves, 500 bottles of cough medication with additional 40 separately packed in plastic bottles, and 3,200 tablets of Alprazolam, along with around 500 rounds of ammunition.

Authorities believed that the parcels were sent from drug syndicates based in the south of Thailand that moved to Bangkok and the packages were destined for their relatives in the three southern provinces.

Meanwhile, Phatthalung police stopped a refrigerated truck at a checkpoint set up at Khuan Khanun district and found 60 kg of fresh kratom leaves hidden in the truck amongst frozen chicken meat.

The fresh kratom was inside a black plastic garbage bag.

The driver, identified as Anucha Praipanas, 37, a native of Prachuap Khiri Khan told police the he bought kratom from Chumphon at Bt300 per kg and planed to sell to customers in

Narathiwat’s Su-ngai Kolok for Bt600 per kg. He had already delivered kratom on three occasions.