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Indian detained in Thailand for carrying 20kg ketamine

An Indian national has been detained by Thai customs officials for allegedly smuggling 20 kg of ketamine, a party drug, worth at least USD two million.

world Updated: Jun 15, 2011 20:10 IST

An Indian national has been detained by Thai customs officials for allegedly smuggling 20 kg of ketamine, a party drug, worth at least USD two million.

The man, identified as Khadher Mohideen Sherif Khaja Mohhdeen, was arrested on arrival at Thai capital's Suvarnabhumi Airport with the banned substance, customs officials said.

Mohideen, 44, flew in from Mumbai and was in transit to connect another flight to beach resort island of Krabi.

Customs officials found three stainless steel containers in which white powder was hidden.

The authorities carried out a chemical test which identified the substance as katamine, they said.

The initial investigation indicated that the suspect was hired for Rs 15,000 to smuggle and deliver the drugs to customers in the southern Andaman coastal province of Krabi.

The customs officers said that they thought the impounded katamine may have been set for sale to other customers in Thailand's southern region or to be delivered to neighbouring Malaysia.

The Indian national was charged with possessing an illegal drug for sale and with carrying the illicit drug into the kingdom of Thailand.