Thailand’s Thaveevong Agriculture Co. on Tuesday denied knowledge or involvement in the smuggling of 600 litres of liquid methamphetamine into Australia inside cans of its branded coconut milk.
In a statement, Thaveevong noted that the Thaveeros-branded cans used in the shipment intercepted by the Australian Border Force last month had a different designed and a fake label.
Australian Federal Police on Sept. 9 delivered the 86 boxes of canned drugs to a warehouse in Girraween, New South Wales where they arrested a 29-year-old woman and 20-year-old man whose names were not disclosed.
Each were charged with a count of attempting to possess a commercial quantity of an unlawfully imported border-controlled drug, namely methamphetamine. If convicted, they face life in prison.
Federal police said the investigation is continuing and more arrests may result. However, they also are looking into how the drugs got from Thailand to down under.
AFP Detective Superintendent Geoffrey Turner told Australian media that “only a well-resourced organized-crime syndicate would be able to finance and facilitate an importation of this scale.”
Royal Thai Police Lt. Gen. Chinnapat Sarasin, Commissioner of the Narcotics Suppression Bureau, told local press the drugs were air-freighted to Australia by a private delivery service.
Thaveevong Agriculture stressed it had never even been accused of being involved in the drug trade.