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Thai police arrest 3 Taiwanese men in heroin bust

August 9, 2013

BANGKOK (AP) — Police say they have arrested three Taiwanese men and a Thai man and have seized 230 kilograms of heroin before it could be smuggled to Hong Kong.

Police Lt. Gen. Chaiwat Chotima said investigators seized 678 bars of heroin worth 426 million baht ($13 million) at a hotel in Bangkok’s outskirts before the drugs were delivered to smugglers Thursday.

Chaiwat said Friday the Thai suspect was arrested at the hotel while the three Taiwanese were caught before they boarded a flight to Hong Kong at Suvarnabhumi Airport.

He said the four were facing charge of possessing drugs for sale and will be investigated for drug trafficking charges.

Police believed the value of the narcotics will increase 5 to 20 times when sold overseas.

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