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Brit and Canadian arrested after police bust HUGE cannabis oil operation in Bangkok

 

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Two foreign men, along with two Thais have been arrested on drug charges following a raid on a warehouse in Bangkok, Thai police said on Thursday.

 

Joseph Toole, 64 from the UK and 67 year old David Kulik from Canada were arrested on Monday in Chonburi.

 

Their arrests came officers from Thailand’s Narcotics Suppression Division raided the warehouse in the Bang Phli area of Samut Prakan.

 

Police say that for more than 1 year the men have been using the warehouse to produce large quantities of cannabis oil.

 

Following the raid, police seized 70 kg of cannabis oil and 6.6 kg of cannabis resin.

 

Police say the men arranged for the cannabis to be smuggled to the warehouse from drug gangs in Laos. The cannabis oil was then exported to Belgium and other European countries.

 

Deputy police chief Chalermkat Sriworakan said that Kulik helped finance the operation, while Toole, a former doctor, masterminded the production of the oil.

 

A Japanese national is believed to head the operation, police said.

 

At a press conference in Bangkok police also announced the seizure of more than a million methamphetamine tablets that were seized during unrelated raids.

 

 
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Cannabis tincture factory in Samut Prakan raided, four arrested

By Khanathit Srihirundaj 
The Nation

 

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Narcotic Suppression Police officers have raided a one-year-old factory-warehouse in Samut Prakan that allegedly manufactures cannabis tincture for export, deputy national police chief Pol General Chalermkiat Srivorakhan told a press conference on Thursday afternoon.

 

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The raid in Bang Plee district netted 70 kilograms of cannabis tincture, six kilograms of hashish and some equipment.

 

The facility was reportedly backed for the most part by a Japanese investor and had reportedly succeeded in smuggling five tonnes of cannabis tincture to Belgium in March.

 

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The detection in Belgium of the cannabis tincture hidden in pressed coconut coir fibre led Thai police to investigate the case until they zeroed in on the Samat Prakan site as the source.

 

The operation also arrested four suspects, said police. British man Joseph Toole, 67, who allegedly trained workers and performed quality control, was nabbed in Chon Buri’s Bang Lamung district. Canadian investor David Kulik, 65, was apprehended in Chon Buri’s Muang district, while Thai man Suriyan Suwanchairop, 34, was nabbed in Sakhon Nakhon, and another Thai, Supakit Kaewma, 54, arrested in Bangkok.

 

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The police probe found that raw materials were supplied from Thailand-based drug-trafficking groups as well from others based in Laos, Chalemkiat said.

 

This case was announced to the press as one among seven recent drug busts that police netted a total of 21 suspects and seized drugs worth Bt440.5 million. The seized drugs comprised 2.9 million methamphetamine pills, 70 kilograms of cannabis tincture, 6.6 kilograms of hashish, 600 kilograms of dried marijuana, three kilograms of crystal meth (“ice”) and six ecstasy pills. 

 

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Other interesting busts include the arrest of five male suspects along with one million methamphetamine pills on December 2 in Ang Thong, as they transported the illicit drugs in two pickup trucks from Chiang Rai heading towards Bangkok.

 

Two Thai male suspects in their 40s were arrested and 780,000 methamphetamine pills seized during a drug delivery on December 1 in Chiang Rai. Another operation saw the arrest of four suspects, and seizure of 599 kilograms of dried marijuana in Sara Buri on December 2.

 

Source: http://www.nationmultimedia.com/detail/breakingnews/30359941

 
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One must remember to pay the "bosses"...or else

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Aren't the RTP supposed to be relaxing laws on marijuana soon? 
 
I read somewhere that they were thinking about legalizing it. Or was that a dream?
For medical use with a prescription.
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33 minutes ago, snoop1130 said:

The facility was reportedly backed for the most part by a Japanese investor and had reportedly succeeded in smuggling five tonnes of cannabis tincture to Belgium in March

And the cops here got 70kg. With 5,000 Kg having gone already. Would have been a huge bust if they had caught the earlier shipment then, rather than the leftovers.

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