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S.Korea, Thailand jointly confiscate smuggled drugs

SEOUL, Sept. 20 (Xinhua) -- The customs agencies of South Korea and Thailand have jointly confiscated drugs set to be smuggled into South Korea through a four-month operation, the South Korean customs office said Tuesday.

The Korea Customs Service (KCS) and its Thai counterpart conducted a joint crackdown on the drug smuggling for about four months through August.

The agencies impounded 22 kg of methamphetamine, around 290,000 tablets of yaba, a combination of methamphetamine and caffeine, and other types of drugs. The joint crackdown came amid a recent surge in drug smuggling from Southeast Asian nations into South Korea.

In 2021, the South Korean customs agency detected 79 cases of methamphetamine smuggling from Southeast Asia, or 64 percent of the total.