Thai police admit ‘giant’ drug bust found just 1.2g of ketamine

BANGKOK: Thai authorities said on Tuesday that barely more than one gram of ketamine had been found in a seizure that police had initially believed contained more than 12 tonnes of the drug worth almost US$1 billion.

In November, Thai police announced what they thought was the country’s largest ketamine drug bust and said it pointed to a multinational drug network.

Authorities later said tests had not shown up drugs and that trisodium phosphate reacted in the same way as ketamine by turning purple in tests.

In medicine, ketamine is used as an anaesthetic or an anti-depressant, but as a recreational drug it is used to induce dreamy or trance-like sensations, and sometimes hallucinations.

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