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Tonne of ‘ice’ seized in past week alone

Reopening of borders leads to increase in illicit drug trade, say police

Seized crystal methamphetamine concealed in packages of tea is displayed at a police briefing in January 2020 in Bangkok. (Bangkok Post File Photo)

Police have seized 1.1 tonnes of crystal methamphetamine of “ice” in less than a week, officers said on Tuesday, as the kingdom cracks down on smuggling that has surged since the country’s borders reopened.

The haul comes after a spike in clashes between police and smugglers in northern border regions, long a hub for the trade in illegal narcotics.

Following a tip-off, police arrested 10 Thai nationals in a series of raids in the north and south of the kingdom.

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