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Officials in Thailand discovered hundreds of thousands of dollars worth of cocaine, allegedly smuggled in from the U.S. in clothing racks, according to local media reports. 

The secretary general of the Office of the Narcotics Control Board in Bangkok, Police Lt. Gen. Phanurat Lakboon, said in a press conference earlier this month that officials arrested three Nigerian men after seizing 5,360 grams of cocaine from a flight that originated in the U.S. and landed in Bangkok, Thai newspaper Khaosod reported. 

The cocaine is worth an estimated 16 million Thai baht, or roughly $450,000, according to local reports.  

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Eagle-eyed customs workers found cocaine stashed inside metal clothes racks at an airport in Thailand. (Viral News )

The bust was initially spurred by the Customs Department’s Airport Interdiction Task Force at the Suvarnabhumi Airport in Bangkok on March 7. 

The three Nigerian suspects were reportedly waiting to collect the clothing racks after the shipment landed in Thailand and made its way through customs. The cocaine was concealed in the clothes racks’ metal pipes, photos show. 

Clothes racks with cocaine hidden in tubing

Customs workers opening clothes racks, finding cocaine.  (Viral News )

Officials said the suspects are involved in a gang that sells drugs and is allegedly involved in human trafficking on Soi Nana Road in Bangkok, the Bangkok Post reported. 

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The Office of the Narcotics Control Board recently began cracking down on illegal activity along the road, according to the outlet. 

Suspects on ground in handcuffs

Officials in Thailand arrested three men for their alleged involvement in smuggling drugs into the country. (Viral News )

The drugs found in the clothes racks were intended to be sold in nightclubs to locals and tourists, according to media reports. 

Clothes racks in plastic wrapping on table

The Customs Department’s Airport Interdiction Task Force intercepted the parcel containing 5,360 grams of cocaine, worth about $450,000, at the Suvarnabhumi Airport on March 6. (Viral News )

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The identities of the three suspects have not been released. They are in police custody and allegedly linked to at least four other cases involving illegal cocaine and ecstasy pills. The suspects have reportedly colluded with a Western African gang since 2020 to bring illicit drugs into Thailand. 

Tourists on street in Bangkok

Pedestrians on Khaosan Road in Bangkok, Thailand, on July 2, 2022. (Andre Malerba/Bloomberg via Getty Images)

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Bangkok has a lively party scene, including multiple red-light districts and clubs that attract both locals and tourists from around the world. The city is often listed alongside cities such as Ibiza, Las Vegas and São Paulo for best party scene and nightlife. 



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