Two tons of narcotics incinerated


BANGKOK, Dec 18 — Deputy Prime Minister Yongyuth Yuthavong today witnessed the incineration of 2,167 kilograms of narcotics worth Bt6.56 billion in Ayutthaya province.

Most of the drugs were methamphetamines.

Mr Yongyuth presided at the incineration at the Bang Pa-in Industrial Estate at 10am.

The Court of First Instance confiscated the drugs from 1,059 narcotic cases and approved their elimination.

The incineration was carried out at at least 850 degrees Celsius to prevent pollution.

Public Health Minister Rajata Rajatanavin said it was the 44th drug incineration and that the drugs comprised about 19 million pills or 1,754kg of methamphetamine worth Bt5.85 billion, 318kg of “ice” or crystal methamphetamine worth Bt637 million, 86kg of heroin worth Bt68 million, three kilos of cocaine worth Bt10 million, 1,840 pills or 0.45kg of “ecstasy” worth Bt1.8 million, and 0.81kg of opium worth Bt25,000.

The incineration also included 2,933kg of illicit drugs worth Bt7 million from the police departments Narcotics Suppression Bureau and 2,546kg of marijuana from Ubon Ratchathani province.