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Slushie Machines with a Twist: Heroin Haul Disguised as Frozen Treat Dispensers Uncovered by Thailand’s Narcotics Control Board

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Picture this: amidst the hum and bustle of the Office of the Narcotics Control Board, two seemingly innocent slushie machines sit rather conspicuously. This isn’t your regular convenience store scenery; it’s the backdrop of a press conference that is anything but mundane. These aren’t any ordinary drink dispensers. Oh, no. Tucked within and upon these frosty beverage machines, in place where you’d expect colorful, sugary concoctions, lay bars of heroin—a stark contrast to the machines’ intended contents. This yellow-hued contraband, presented like a bizarre modern art piece atop and inside the dispensers, served as a cold reminder of the ingenuity of the illegal drug trade. (Photo: Pornprom Satrabhaya)

In a plot that sounds like it’s straight out of a crime thriller, narcotics suppression heroes uncovered a whopping 40 bars of heroin, weighing in at a hefty 14.8 kilograms, creatively stashed within two slushed-drink dispensers. These weren’t destined to quench the thirst of patrons in Taiwan but were, in fact, packaged with care for a very different kind of delivery—by air, shrouded in the innocence of everyday appliances.

The man at the helm, Police Lt Gen Phanurat Lukboon, the Narcotics Control Board’s secretary-general, unveiled on Wednesday that each dispenser was ingeniously modified to conceal 20 bars of heroin. The reveal was staggering: the street value of this haul in Taiwan was estimated to rocket to about 100 million baht. Imagine that—100 million baht hidden in plain sight, dressed up as machines meant to serve up icy treats!

Diving deeper into this cinematic bust, Prin Mekanandha, the NCB’s director of narcotics law enforcement, disclosed the behind-the-scenes effort to dismantle this operation. Authorities were on the verge of cracking down on a suspect, poised to pounce with an arrest warrant. The investigation was stretching its tendrils, aiming to identify the facility where these ordinary drink dispensers were transformed into carriers of contraband, revealing a meticulous operation that required special tools and an eye for detail.

According to Mekanandha, the transformation of the dispensers was executed with such precision that their weight remained unchanged—a testament to the smugglers’ craftiness. “They neatly replaced the compressors with the drugs, in a way that the dispensers’ normal weight remained unchanged,” he explained, painting a picture of the audacious ingenuity that went into this scheme.

In a move that adds even more intrigue to this already thrilling narrative, the police have kept the details of how they intercepted the shipment under wraps, citing the ongoing investigation. The mystery surrounding their method is as tantalizing as the discovery itself, leaving us on the edge of our seats, eager for the next chapter in this dramatic tale.

What this staggering find highlights, beyond the sheer audacity of smuggling narcotics via slushed-drink dispensers, is the ever-evolving tactics in the narcotics trade and the relentless pursuit by authorities to clamp down on these illegal endeavors. As we sip on our seemingly benign slushies, let’s take a moment to appreciate the complex web of the global fight against drug trafficking—a world where even the most innocent of objects can harbor dark secrets.


  1. Samantha May 15, 2024

    It’s absolutely shocking how creative these drug smugglers are getting. I never would’ve thought twice about a slushie machine. Makes you wonder what else we’re blindly trusting.

    • JohnDoe123 May 15, 2024

      True, it’s crazy, but also kinda genius when you think about it.

      • LegalEagle May 15, 2024

        Genius or not, it underscores a serious issue with global drug trafficking. We need stricter laws and better enforcement.

    • TechGuy May 15, 2024

      Every time authorities figure out one method, smugglers are two steps ahead with another. It’s a never-ending game.

      • Samantha May 15, 2024

        Exactly my point. It’s like we’re always one step behind no matter what.

  2. Nancy May 15, 2024

    The creativity of criminals never ceases to amaze me. Using slushie machines is something out of a movie!

    • Mike_C May 15, 2024

      It does sound like a plot from a Hollywood action movie. Almost makes you root for the good guys a little harder knowing what they’re up against.

  3. Derek May 15, 2024

    This story sounds cool and all, but are we ignoring the bigger problem? The demand for drugs is what’s fueling this ingenuity.

    • SunnyDay May 15, 2024

      You’ve got a point, Derek. As long as there’s demand, there’ll always be supply. Maybe we need more focus on rehabilitation and less on punishment.

      • Derek May 15, 2024

        Exactly, SunnyDay! It’s about addressing the root cause rather than the symptoms.

  4. CuriousCat May 15, 2024

    How do the smugglers even think of these methods? And how did the authorities even discover this? So many questions!

    • DetectiveMinds May 15, 2024

      It’s all about staying under the radar. As for discovery, detailed inspections and maybe a tip-off? The article didn’t say much about that.

      • CuriousCat May 15, 2024

        A tip-off sounds plausible. There’s always someone on the inside willing to talk for the right price.

  5. HistoryBuff May 15, 2024

    This reminds me of the Prohibition era tactics. Smugglers always find a way…

    • ModernTimes May 15, 2024

      Good point! History does seem to be repeating itself, just with modern technology.

  6. PolicyMaker May 15, 2024

    While the bust is impressive, it’s time we rethink our global drug policy. The war on drugs isn’t being won with these tactics.

    • Skeptic1 May 15, 2024

      Reevaluate how? Legalize everything and let chaos rein?

      • PolicyMaker May 15, 2024

        Not everything, but rethink prohibition for certain drugs. This could reduce the power of the black market and generate tax revenue.

  7. ThrillerFan May 15, 2024

    Does anyone else think this would make an amazing movie? The suspense, the innovation of the bad guys, the determination of the police…

    • Cinephile May 15, 2024

      Absolutely! I’d watch that. The real-life inspiration behind it would add such an authentic edge.

  8. Slush machines utilized by ‘artistic’ drug smuggling gang to stash haul of heroin – May 19, 2024

    […] Inside the drink dispensers destined for Taiwan were 40 bars of the drug weighing 14.8 kilograms. Police Lt Gen Phanurat Lukboon, the Narcotics Control Board’s secretary-general, revealed that that each dispenser was ingeniously modified to conceal the contraband, Thai.News reports. […]

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