Thai coconut milk cannery denies involvement in illicit drugs seizure in Australia

A Thai coconut milk cannery has denied any involvement in the smuggling of liquid methamphetamine into Australia, contained in cans apparently bearing the company’s brand name.

In August, Australian Border Force officers inspected an airfreight shipment, containing 86 cases of canned coconut milk, after it arrived in Sydney from Thailand. A test on the liquid from one can indicated the presence of methamphetamine, sparking an investigation.

The Australian Federal Police conducted a controlled delivery of the shipment to a warehouse in Girraween, NSW, where a woman and a 20-yer old man were arrested after accepting delivery of the shipment.

The coconut milk cannery, Thaveevong Agriculture Company said, in a statement released today (Tuesday), that the company had nothing to do with the illicit drugs, pointing out that the cans used in the smuggling attempt are different from their cans, which use easy open tops.

The label “Thaveeros” on the fake cans is also different from the one used by the company, said the statement.

Pol Lt-Gen Chinnapat Sarasin, Commissioner of Narcotics Suppression Bureau, said he suspects the 600 litres of liquid methamphetamine were airfreighted to Australia by a private delivery service.


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