THAILAND: POLICE WARN OF CARTOON-CHARACTER ECSTASY PILLS

BANGKOK, Thailand Police have sent out a warning about the spread of ecstasy pills in the shape of cartoon characters among teenagers and university students, the Bangkok Post reported.

The cartoon-themed pills had been smuggled in from the Netherlands where they could be bought for about 60 baht (about US$2) a pill. The price was increased 10-fold in Thailand, to 600 baht (about US$20) a pill, Narcotics Suppression Bureau (NSB) commissioner Sommai Kongwisaisuk said on Tuesday.

Use of cartoon pills is already widespread among high school and university students, he said.

The NSB chief's warning followed the recent arrest of 13 suspects in seven smuggling cases with drugs worth over 800 million baht seized.

The drugs - including 447kg of crystal methamphetamine, 304kg of heroin, 526,450 methamphetamine pills and 5,731 ecstacy pills - were seized in separate police operations and put on display at a media briefing at the NSB headquarters on Tuesday.

Also seized as evidence were one gun, five cars and 14 mobile phones.

The seized drugs and other items were valued at 859 million baht (US$27.55 million), police said.

Source: NAM News Network