S. African in B8m cocaine bust

A South African man has been arrested at Suvarnabhumi Airport on charges of smuggling cocaine with a street value of more than eight million baht.

Johannes Ben Botha, 34, was taken to a news conference at the airport's customs office on Thursday after an X-ray of his luggage discovered 2,055 grammes of cocaine concealed in a hidden compartment early on Wednesday morning. 

He was arrested after disembarking from THAI Airways International flight TG992 from Johannesburg at 5.10am.

Mr Botha allegedly confessed that a Nigerian man hired him to deliver the drug to a compatriot in Bangkok for US$2,000, or about 64,000 baht. He was paid $500 up front before he flew into the kingdom.

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