Thai drug lord believed to be in hiding in Malaysia

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PETALING JAYA: A Thai drug lord, high on the Thai police’s wanted list, is believed to have escaped to Malaysia.

The New Straits Times reported that Ikram Abdullah, 38, who used double-decker buses to transport drugs within Thailand, fled the country after police seized five of his buses last month and confiscated 874,000 methamphetamine pills and 10kg of syabu.

The suspect runs a travel bus company based in Bangkok.

According to Narathiwat police chief Major General Pattanawut Angkanawin, Ikram runs one of the biggest drug syndicates in Thailand and is believed to be “armed and dangerous”.

He is also said to have links with drug syndicates in Malaysia, to whom he has been supplying drugs the past five years.

“Police believe he (Ikram) is producing a new synthetic drug with the help of other drug suppliers.

“This man is an expert in the business, as it has been his family business over the years,” Pattanawut was quoted as saying.

Following the operation that netted the five buses and drugs, police also seized luxury cars, four wheel drive vehicles, land titles, a pistol and bank books, all valued about RM3.5 million.

Pattanawut said Ikram was among several Thai fugitives who had crossed over to Malaysia, with some of them holding dual citizenships.

The daily’s attempt to get the Malaysian police to comment on Ikram’s escape proved futile.

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