Bangkok, the 5th of July 2010 [PDN]: Thai Customs officers revealed that the man, now known to be Mr. Kalyanasuntaram Karuppaiyan , had concealed the drugs in a specially designed secret compartment in his luggage.
Mr. Karuppaiyan’s luggage was inspected thoroughly after an x-ray revealed some irregularities in the contents. Initial checks uncovered nothing untoward however; resultant scans of the empty case revealed a secret compartment concealing 7.4kg of Ketamine, commonly known as “Special K.”
Customs officers revealed that Mr. Karuppaiyan had been picked out of a regular customs check after his luggage failed a number of tests as it passed through the x-ray machine. The offender was on a direct flight from Chennai International Airport in India. The drugs have an estimated street value of approximately Bt22 million.
Thailand’s Narcotics Suppression Bureau has now taken control of the case whilst Mr. Karuppaiyan has been detained pending an investigation and commencement of further judicial proceedings.
Ketamine is largely used be veterinary clinics and emergency or intensive care units to induce and maintain general anaesthesia. Recreational use of the drug has become rife due to its ability to produce a dissociative hallucinogenic state for the user. Users predominantly insufflated (inhaled) or injected the drug, however, it can also be ingested or smoked.