Thailand Customs have seized 1.28 kilograms of cocaine from a quarantined man who had just entered the country from Guinea-Bissau. Authorities suspect that the man swallowed the drug pellets to get through airport security.
The 41-year-old man from Sierra Leone arrived at Suvarnabhumi Airport in Bangkok on February 12. He was already under the radar of the Thai authorities and customs were notified of his arrival. Officers at the arrival gate searched his bags but found no illegal drugs.
Officers continued to monitor the man and went to the quarantine hotel where he was staying when he checked out on Tuesday. Officers searched his bags and found 74 small packages of cocaine in his backpack. They believe the drugs have a street value of 3.8 million baht
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