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21.08.2019 Kenya

Kenyan who swallowed 68 cocaine packets arrested in Thailand

By AFP
This handout from Thailand's Office of the Narcotics Control Board shows capsules of cocaine found in the possession of Kenyan national Glenn Chibasellow Ooko at Suvarnabhumi airport in Bangkok.  By Handout (OFFICE OF THE NARCOTICS CONTROL BOARD/AFP)
AUG 21, 2019 KENYA
This handout from Thailand's Office of the Narcotics Control Board shows capsules of cocaine found in the possession of Kenyan national Glenn Chibasellow Ooko at Suvarnabhumi airport in Bangkok. By Handout (OFFICE OF THE NARCOTICS CONTROL BOARD/AFP)

A Kenyan man was stopped at Bangkok's airport for allegedly trying to smuggle more than 60 packets of cocaine in his stomach, Thai authorities announced Wednesday.

Authorities said Glenn Chibasellow Ooko, 43, had flown on Monday from Ethiopia to the Thai capital's Suvarnabhumi airport, where he was detained.

An x-ray showed dozens of oblong items in his stomach, which were filled with cocaine, according to photos provided by the Office of the Narcotics Control Board.

"He swallowed cocaine weighing 1.2 kilograms, which were in 68 packets," the ONCB announced in a statement Wednesday.

Ooko was arrested along with Nigerian national Osita Joseph Ukpa, who police said had hired the Kenyan to smuggle the drugs.

"This is part of a drug network in Thailand," the statement said.

Thailand has long been a major drug smuggling hub, with its porous borders and lax law enforcement making it easier for transnational crime networks to transport their goods.

The country also serves as a transit point for a multi-billion methamphetamine trade route, smuggled through Myanmar and Laos before moving on to countries like Australia and Japan.

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