Three Iranians arrested in ‘ice’ smuggling cases

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BANGKOK, Aug 31 – Three Iranian suspects were detained at Thailand’s Suvarnabhumi Airport in two separate crystal methamphetamine smuggling cases carrying the illegal drug, worth approximate Bt13 million (over US$433,000) in total, Thai customs officers said on Wednesday.

Two Iranian men, Mizbangoush Mortezai and Rahemi Toroghi Danial, were apprehended at Thailand’s main international airport with nearly four kilogrammes of crystal meth or ‘ice,’ valued at estimated Bt10 million (some $333,000), hidden in their suitcases.

The two men flew to Thailand from Dubai in the United Arab Emirates.

Before their arrest late Tuesday evening, the suspects planned to deliver the illicit drugs to their customers in Bangkok’s downtown Sukhumvit area.

Meanwhile, Adel Rasouli Yengikand was arrested Wednesday at the airport with 120 packages of crystal meth in his stomach.

Customs officers observed the man behaving suspiciously after disembarking and asked him to pass an X-ray scan inspection when unidentified objects were detected in his stomach.

The detainee was ordered to a toilet to defecate and officials found at least 12 packages of ‘ice,’ in his stomach. Mr Yengikand said that he had earlier swallowed 120 packages of the substance.

The suspect flew from the Iranian capital of Tehran to Thailand but declined to give information related to wage and employers.

From Oct 1 last year through Aug 30 this year, Thai customs officers intercepted crystal meth worth Bt390 million ($13 million) being carried into the kingdom at Suvarnbhumi Airport.