2 Indians arrested in Thailand with Rs 8 crore drug haul
Two Indian nationals, allegedly smuggling in 12 kilos of crystal methamphetamine worth Rs 8 crore, were arrested by customs officials on Friday after they arrived at the airport in Thailand's Samui resort town.
The two men, identified as Virdi Hardev Singh, 51, and Puran Singh, 41, had flown from Chennai to Samui via Singapore, arriving on a Singapore International Airlines flight at Samui International Airport in Surat Thani province.
The crystal meth or 'ice' reportedly has a street value of Rs 8 crore.
Methamphetamine is used as a recreational drug for its euphoric and stimulant properties.
Deputy finance minister Benja Louicharoen said customs officials became suspicious after x-raying the duo's luggage.
A search revealed a total of 12 kilos of drugs in hidden compartments in their bags.
The two men reportedly confessed it was their second trip to Thailand, the Bangkok Post reported.
The first had been to check out the smuggling route.
After they arrived in Samui, they were told, there would be someone waiting to collect the drugs and take them to Bangkok.
The men will be charged and if convicted could even face the death sentence.