The Hong Kong Customs Department arrested two suspects on Monday after finding 22 kilograms of heroin in canned fruit shipped from Thailand.
The cargo was delivered to a Hong Kong seaport last Thursday and was declared as 40 cans of canned rambutan and lychee. Officers searched the shipment and found that more than 72 cans from three of the cans were full of heroin. Reports say that a total of 22 kilograms of heroin with a market value of 125 million baht were seized. The officers are still investigating.
In another transnational drug seizure involving heroin shipped from Thailand, more than 446.8 kilograms of heroin hidden in imported timber from a Thai lumber factory were seized in Taiwan.
Many other countries have reported shipments of illegal drugs from Thailand this year, including South Korea, Australia and especially Hong Kong. Drugs have been found hidden in snack wrappers, instant noodles, frozen food, wood, paint buckets, motorcycle parts, notebooks, picture frames, and even wrapped in sacred cloth or Pha Yant. .
According to Thai media, most illegal drugs are shipped outside Thailand because the restrictions are not as strict as sending packages by air. Prices for shipping containers also fell during the pandemic.