Three Nigerians and two Thais have been arrested on suspicion of involvement in transnational cocaine trafficking, reports monitored by 1st News in the Asian country have confirmed.
The three Nigerians who were arrested for their alleged involvement in the cocaine ring have also been identified.
They include Daniel Onyekachukwu Ngwu, 40; Alfred Divine Chika, 38, and Gabriel Obidimma Obiechefu, 37. On the other hand, the identities of two Thais were revealed as Kanyarat Hawakot , 43 and a 25-year-old man, Assadawut Mansom.
Police confiscated 413.29 grammes of cocaine worth more than 1 million baht when they made the arrests. The investigations were jointly conducted by the Central Investigation Bureau (CIB); immigration police, Anti-Trafficking in Persons Division (ATPD) and soldiers, the influential Bangkok Post reports.
CIB commissioner Pol Lt Gen Jirabhop Bhuridej said the suspects were arrested in a sting operation; with the three Nigerians said to have had illegally entered the country and set up their own network.
Further, they allegedly attempted to marry Thai women to use them as tools for drug trafficking to distribute drugs to both Thai; as well as foreign customers — mostly celebrities– in various entertainment venues in Bangkok.
In addition to using women for drug trafficking; the group would also hide drugs in their luggage or even swallow the drugs to avoid the eye of authorities at the airport.
Pol Lt Gen Jirabhop told the investigation team to lure the group into the open.
This led to the arrests in the Phra Khanong and Klong Tan areas. All confessed they had been doing it for four to five years. The suspects face a charge of possessing cocaine with intent to distribute; while the three Nigerians faced an additional charge of illegal entry.