Advert

Latest

Man Who Had Nose And Top Lip Removed To Look Like A 'Black Alien' Struggles To Speak

Man Who Had Nose And Top Lip Removed To Look Like A 'Black Alien' Struggles To Speak

published at2 hours ago
Advert
Advert

Most Popular

Advert
News

Thailand's $1 Billion 'Ketamine' Bust Turns Out To Be Cleaning Substance

Thailand's $1 Billion 'Ketamine' Bust Turns Out To Be Cleaning Substance

Thailand has revealed its $1 billion drug bust wasn't quite as it seemed, after the suspected ketamine turned out to be a substance used for cleaning products.

The country's Office of the Narcotics Control Board announced the seizure on 12 November, saying the 11.5-tonne haul pointed to a multi-national drug network.

Estimates placed the worth of the supposed drugs at 28.7bn baht ($950m; £710m).

However, tests have so far failed to identify any drugs, with Thailand's justice minister Somsak Thepsuthin saying there had been a 'misunderstanding'.

Advert

He explained how a 'technical error' in field testing led to the initial false claim - which was declared to be Thailand's largest ketamine seizure.

Lab tests found the substance was actually trisodium phosphate, a compound often used as a cleaning agent.

The product, which looks like a white powder, can also be used as a food additive.

"This was a misunderstanding that our agency must accept," Somsak told reporters.

Advert
Credit: Office of the Narcotics Control Board
Credit: Office of the Narcotics Control Board

More Like ThisMore Like This

1 of 6
News

Mystery Black Substance Dripping Into Flat Turns Out To Be Blood From Dead Body Upstairs

Somsak said the error occurred because preliminary tests - which turn purple in the presence of ketamine hydrochloride - react the same to trisodium phospate.

News

Rescued Kitten Turns Out To Be Extremely Rare Scottish Wildcat

published at4 days ago

Later tests carried out by the Office of the Narcotics Control Board (ONCB) in another laboratory confirmed at least 66 sacks of the suspected drugs were actually the cleaning agent.

Thailand seized 475 bags of the white powder from a local warehouse earlier this month, following a tip-off from Taiwan.

Advert

According to The Nation, Wichai Chaimongkhol, ONCB secretary-general, told reporters after the bust: "The drugs are the largest amount ever seized in Thailand, with [an] estimated value [of] 28.7bn baht based on retail price."

But after announcing the haul, officials were then forced to hold a news conference on Tuesday (24 November) to explain they had made an error.

The Bangkok Post reports that Somsak has since admitted the initial announcement may have come too early.

He said: "I accept the fact it might have been premature to hold a press conference to announce the seizure of a substance suspected to be a kind of drug.

Advert

"But in this case, the ONCB had been informed of the seizure of ketamine in Taiwan, investigated and found an undeniable link to it. It would have been a mistake if I did not make it public.

"The United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNDC) said this also happened two or three times in other countries. This was the first time in Thailand. Moreover, on the day I held the press conference, I did not say it was 100 percent ketamine."

Featured Image Credit: Office of the Narcotics Control Board

Topics: World News, News, Thailand, Drugs

Chosen for YouChosen for You

Britain's Got Talent Set To Be Postponed Until 2022
published at4 hours ago

Most Read StoriesMost Read

News

Doctors Issue Warning Following Viral Video Of Man Using Erection Cream For Fuller Lips

published at2 hours ago

Jess Hardiman

Jess is a journalist at LADbible who graduated from Manchester University with a degree in Film Studies, English Language and Linguistics - indecisiveness at its finest, right there. She also works for FOODbible and its sister page Seitanists, which are both a safe haven for her to channel a love for homemade pasta, fennel and everything else in between. You can contact Jess at [email protected]