Thailand to destroy almost 3 tonnes of illegal drugs Friday


BANGKOK, June 28 – Thailand’s Food and Drug Administration (FDA) will burn 2,755kg – nearly three tonnes — of illegal drugs with a street value of Bt6.9 billion on Friday.

After inspecting 33 random samples of seized drugs at an FDA warehouse, Winai Monthapong, legal advisor of the Office of the Narcotics Control Board said the agency is set to incinerate a total of 2,755kg of narcotics confiscated in 1,023 cases at the Bang Pa-in industrial estate in Ayutthaya at 2pm.

The drugs to be destroyed include 1,936kg of methamphetamine worth Bt6.45 billion, 147kg crystal methamphetamine worth Bt433 million and 58kg of heroin worth Bt41 million.

He conceded there is a huge backlog of pending cases in the courts with a massive amount of seized narcotics which cannot yet be destroyed.

If a suspect pleads guilty, each trial can finish within two months otherwise it can be prolonged for one or two years. The faster the trial processes are, the sooner the seized drugs can be destroyed, Mr Winai said.