Bangkok, the 12th of July 2010: Customs officials yesterday apprehended a Kenyan national, Miss Barbra Wabui, at Thailand’s main airport attempting to smuggle approximately 2.7kg of crystal methamphetamine (Ya-Ice) into the Kingdom.
Miss Wabui was arrested after regular baggage checks uncovered the presence of a suspicious substance. Resultant searches revealed a concealment of the class-1 restricted substance Ya-Ice and an amount of Bt50,000 in cash.
Under interrogation, Miss Wabui revealed that she had been instructed by an African drug dealer to transport the narcotics from the West African nation of Mali. She stated that the intended destination of the consignment was the Cambodian capital of Phnom Penh.
Initially Miss Wabui did not reveal how much she was to be paid for her efforts however; it is suspected that the large sum of money found in her luggage may have been a payment or part payment for the deal. The estimated street value of the illicit drugs comes to Bt7.6 million.
Although unconfirmed, investigations by Thailand’s Narcotics Suppression Bureau speculate that Miss Wabui may be part of a known African trans-national smuggling network. Miss Wabui has subsequently been charged with possessing of a class-1 restricted drug and smuggling of narcotics into the Kingdom of Thailand.