Large hauls of crystal meth were smuggled inside tea and coffee packages and hidden in secret compartments of vehicles.

Police in Thailand have seized more than one tonne of crystal methamphetamine in less than a week amid a surge in narcotics trafficking since the country’s borders reopened after COVID-19 lockdowns.

The haul was uncovered in a series of drug busts in the north and south of the country and 10 people have been arrested.

The 1.145 tonnes of crystal meth – smuggled inside tea and coffee packages and hidden in secret compartments of vehicles

was being transported from Thailand’s north and northeastern region to border areas in the south of the country for onward shipment, the Narcotics Suppression Bureau said in a statement on Tuesday.

“We have seized narcotics, crystal methamphetamine, amounting to more than 1.1 tonnes from all of the total confiscated objects,” said Chinnapat Sarasin

“Crystal meth is mostly exported to other countries through Thailand due to the convenience in transportation,” he said.

“Some of these drugs were kept for a period of time before being transported to the southernmost provinces, and they were supposed to be shipped to other countries later.”