Cops seize huge ‘kratom cocktail’ haul

Cops seize huge ‘kratom cocktail’ haul

SONGKHLA: About 250kg of kratom leaves and 800 bottles of cough syrup worth altogether almost 200,000 baht were seized at a warehouse in Hat Yai district on Wednesday. The leaves and the syrup bottles …

Dong Kaewsantia (left) is arrested and a house search in Hat Yai district in Songkhal finds about 250 kilogrammes of kratom leaves and 800 bottles of cough syrup. (Photo by Assawin Pakkawa)

SONGKHLA: About 250kg of kratom leaves and 800 bottles of cough syrup worth altogether almost 200,000 baht were seized at a warehouse in Hat Yai district on Wednesday.

The leaves and the syrup bottles were found hidden under a large sheet at the warehouse in tambon Khlong Hae. The authorities believed the syrup was to be mixed with the leaves to brew an addictive cocktail drink.

The value of the leaves and the syrup was estimated at 190,000 baht, according to local police. 

Police said the raid on the warehouse followed the arrest of Dong Kaewsantia, 46, who was stopped at a roadside checkpoint as he was driving a pick-up truck carrying kratom leaves. 

The leaves were ordered from a supplier in Sadao district on the Thai-Malaysian border.

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