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Green tea packages unveiled as crystal meth

Six Burmese nationals, one man and five women, were arrested yesterday morning in Thailand’s Pathum Thani province, near Bangkok, with 14kg of crystal methamphetamine, or ‘ice’, in their possession.

Lin Yu Aung, 35, Kay Thi Ngwe, 29, Win May, 54, Than Than Win, 42, Zin Mar New, 34, and Wai Yan Htwe, 32, were arrested after a taxi they were traveling in was stopped by Thai police for a checkpoint search just north of the nation’s capital.

Found in their possession was a large plastic bag containing 14 packages of ice, each weighing one kilogramme. The packages were labelled as green tea.


One of the Burmese women told police that they had traveled with the drugs from Mae Sot, a town located along the Burmese-Thai border.

They had intended to hand over the crystal meth, disguised as green tea, to a client at Rangsit market in the northern suburbs of Bangkok, but were arrested before reaching their destination, police said.

The six Burmese nationals lived in the Pathum Thani.


This article was originally published in the Bangkok Post on 9 June 2015.


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