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Burmese Boy, 7, Used to Smuggle Drugs

25 November 2013

A seven-year-old boy from Burma was discovered to be carrying a backpack full of methamphetamine tablets in Thailand late last week, AFP reports. Thai police found the boy crying at a bus stop in the Thong Pha Phum District of Kanchanaburi Province, near the Burmese border, the report said. “Officers approached him and asked him questions, but he could not speak Thai,” said district police chief Col Amnuay Pongsawat, adding that it was the first time police had seen drug traffickers use a child as a courier. The backpack contained almost 10,000 tablets in about 50 plastic bags wedged into two baby powder bottles.