The Nation, 18 March 2021
More packages of methamphetamine have washed up on a Thailand beach, this time on the shore of Koh Chang, an island in the Gulf of Thailand off the coast of Trat. Police have speculated that the drugs, all in similar packaging, may have been from a vessel that sank while carrying a shipment of drugs from Vietnam.
In earlier reports, police said 100 kilograms of methamphetamine was found off the coast of Vietnam back in December. The next month, packages of methamphetamine weighing a total of 17 kilograms washed ashore on Koh Samui’s Hat Koh Taen beach while another 3 packages, each weighing 1 kilogram, were found on Chaiya’s Hat Niyom beach.
This month, numerous 1-kilogram packages of methamphetamine in the same yellow wrapping with red Chinese characters washed to shore on Koh Mak and Koh Chang off the coast of Trat. 17 packages of methamphetamine were found on a beach on Koh Mak earlier this month and another 19 packages were found yesterday on Koh Chang.
Police say locals should alert police if they come across the packages.
“Any locals who might have picked up any packages must contact police officers immediately and must not keep them as they are illegal narcotics. There is a high penalty for possessing such drugs.”