• February 28, 2024

Police in Thailand Seize $2.3 Million in Illegal Vapes

 Police in Thailand Seize $2.3 Million in Illegal Vapes

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Police in Thailand seized vaping devices and accessories valued at over 80 million baht ($2.294 million) during police raids in Bangkok and Nakhon Pathom on Saturday.

Cyber Crime Investigation Bureau deputy commissioner Maj-General Pairoj Sukruaythanachote told a press conference that three locations, including a warehouse, were searched in Nakhon Pathom’s Mueang district.

He said two people were arrested and nearly 50 million baht worth of vaping devices and accessories was confiscated during the raids, according to Nation Thailand.

In Bangkok, police searched a condominium in Ratchathewi district where another nearly 50 million baht worth of vaping devices and accessories was confiscated, Pairoj said, adding that a suspect was arrested during the raid.

Those arrested were charged with importing prohibited items, violating the Consumer Protection Act and the Export-Import Act. Further investigations are underway to find other people involved, police said.

Activists are confident that Thailand will legalize vaping after the likely general elections in May. 

Vaping is currently prohibited in the kingdom, but discussions are ongoing to end the ban, according to ENDS Cigarette Smoke Thailand (ECST).