Thai police (Photo: AFP/VNA)

Sydney (VNA) – Thai police have arrested two men and seized seven kilogrammes of heroin in parcels bound for Australia by post on June 11 following a joint operation by Australian and Thai investigators.

Boulapha Simoukda, a 47 years-old Lao national and Khajornmart Amarttayakul, a 54 years-old Thai national, were captured at the parking lot of a shopping mall in Udon Thani, 560 km northeast from Bangkok.

Thai police said that the arrests were made followed information that a Lao gang was preparing to smuggle drugs into Thailand through the Thai-Lao Friendship Bridge in Nakhon Phanom.

According to Australian and Thai law enforcement agencies, there has been a shift to using parcel post to send drugs, including heroin and methamphetamines, to Australia due to tight security checks at Thailand’s main international airports.

Thai authorities noted that the traffickers also send drugs through maritime routes.

Last month, the Australian Federal Police signed an agreement on setting up joint “Task Force Storm” with the Thai Ministry of Justice and narcotics investigation agencies to boost cooperation in trans-regional crime detection.-VNA