Vietnamese 'monk' in ya ice bust

Customs officers at Phuket Airport on Wednesday arrested a 64-year-old Vietnamese man dressed as a monk, on charges of smuggling more than two kilogrammes of crystal methamphetamine, or ya ice, with an estimated street value of 8 million baht.

Paisarn Chuanjit, deputy director-general of the Customs Department, said officials at the airport spotted a suspicious-looking man wearing what looked like a monk’s robe. They asked the man, identified later as Nguyen Van Thiet, to inspect his luggage using an X-ray machine.    

They found a total of 2,300 grammes of ya ice in plastic bags wrapped in carbon paper hidden inside the luggage. 

Mr Nguyen claimed he was a monk travelling from the southern Chinese city of Shenzhen to Thailand for a pilgrimage. Before he boarded China Southern Airlines flight CZ6093, a Vietnamese woman asked him if he would take some luggage to another Vietnamese person in Phuket. He said he woman told him an unidentified person would meet him at Phuket airport and take him to the luggage’s recipient. 

Mr Nguyen did not have a monk identification card and had arrived in Thailand on a tourist visa, Mr Paisarn said. 

Mr Nguyen was charged with possessing a category one drug and carrying it through Thailand for sale without permission.

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Discussion 1 : 20/01/2014 at 12:26 PM
It's odd but 30 some years ago only poon cow was smuggled.Now it seems "speed" or ya ba is also being used it great quantities in Thailand. Ugh, I don't understand why Thais like it so much.
Discussion 2 : 02/01/2014 at 06:56 AM
Coming back to Vietnam from America, We had a stopover in Hongkong Airport and I just raised my eyebrows after have seen 2s in monk rope ordered 8usd a can of pepsi. I am not talking one can here and just dropped my jaw when they walked out of custom in Hochiminh airport without going thru passport screening. These are the real 007. They infiltrate the vietnamese community in the US just like they infiltrate Saigon during the Vietnam War.
Discussion 3 : 02/01/2014 at 06:47 AM
The sickle and hammer destroyed everything there. Except for Pho, BunBo, BanhXeo, NemNuong.
Discussion 4 : 02/01/2014 at 05:28 AM
My question is: how in the h@ll did he passed thru Custom where he was coming from. Last month, the Taiwanese custom seized over 500 Kilo of Heroine from Tan Son Nhat airport. The whole country was dropping their jaw and force the newspaper to follow up. As the result, they just said error from the Xray machine and we will self criticize/self evaluate our performance. What is H#ll is that? a slap on the wrist for over 500 kilo, man, these colonels and generals over theire are really wanted to become "billionaire USD" and not "billionaire VNDong" anymore
Discussion 5 : 02/01/2014 at 01:38 AM
A lovely photo op for the officials wasting tax money on a gaudy show that once again proves the moral and practical failure of Thailand's costly "war on drugs." Even the monks are now doing it! (Although that will hardly surprise anyone in Thailand who follows the Thai version of Buddhism.) It does, as usual, benefit exactly two groups in society: corrupt officials and mafia scum.
Discussion 6 : 01/01/2014 at 08:48 PM
he will be fluent in Thai when he comes out of prison. sabuy dee mai krup..
Discussion 7 : 01/01/2014 at 08:29 PM
Seems to me that Thailand is not the pass-through-point that the police/gov't want us all to believe. It is in fact the destination of these drugs. For the past few years it is apparent that many common Thai's are becoming much more aggressive which is a common trait of people on 'speed.' The Non-Monks story is laughable but it is the only thing about the article that is. How many stupid traffickers have been caught trying the lame pills in the shoe soles scheme lately.

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