Thai anti-drug officials burn 16 tonnes of ecstasy precursors

The Office of the Narcotics Control Board (ONCB) officials yesterday destroyed 16 tonnes of previously-seized Isosafrole and Safrol, the ingredients for ecstasy.
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The destruction of the illicit drug precursors, which were seized since 2008, took place at Bangpoo Industrial Estate in Samut Prakan province. The amount could produce 20 million ecstasy pills.

This was the country's second disposal of Isosafrole and Safrol; the previous one was held in 2010 and saw 50.4 tonnes burned.

Justice Minister General Paiboon Kumchaya said the frequency of drug busts had shown that Thailand was a transit country for smugglers illicit drugs. Hence, yesterday's move was a key measure to stop drug trafficking as drug precursors and related chemicals had to be controlled so they wouldn't reach production sites.

Meanwhile, police arrested a man caught in possession of 12,696 "yaba" pills worth Bt2.5 million (S$99,000) in Songkla's Hat Yai district yesterday.

Kosem Mahama, 25, was nabbed while riding a motorcycle to deliver yaba pills to a customer in Tambon Kuan Lang, said inspector Pol Maj Warapong Hayeewang.

In Ayuthaya's Bang Pa-in district, a 48-year-old landlady was shocked to find that her rented apartment room had been turned into a drug storage containing 20,000 yaba pills. The landlady alerted police on Wednesday night after she opened the room, for which a male tenant had failed to pay two month's rent.