Massive marijuana haul of about 1.8 tons estimated to be worth $1.9 million.
A couple transporting an 18-wheeler full of cannabis near the Malaysia-Thailand border learned the hard way that cargo-loading inconsistencies can attract unwanted attention.
They decided to remove some of the wood in one suspicious spot and quickly discovered 20 fertilizer sacks stuffed with about 1,051 kilograms of compressed cannabis. Checking out the second spot, officers then found 14 more sacks with 629 kg of weed, the Bangkok Post reports.
It is estimated that had the illegal cargo made its way to Malaysia, it would have been worth at least $50 million baht ($1.9 million), according to CTN News.
The 37-year-old driver of the truck, who was travelling with his 24-year-old wife, reportedly told police he was waiting for someone to take the marijuana by boat to its final destination. The couple was arrested and will likely face drug offences.
Lexology reported last month that local news reports out of Malaysia indicated that government officials have said the import and use of products containing cannabis for medicinal purposes is allowed, provided all rules are met.
Recreational cannabis, however, remains illegal in the country known for its severe drug laws. The prime minister has repeatedly confirmed the drug’s legal status is not likely to change anytime soon.
In late summer, it was reported that a Malaysian couple who allegedly made and sold cannabis-infused baked goods could face the death penalty after being found out by police. And in July, the police busted an illicit cannabis ring allegedly run by five college students.
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