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Drug traffickers' weapons, guns and ammunition

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North Korean plane seized

The biggest weapons seized on a Soviet cargo plane detained at Don Mueang airport on Saturday are multiple rocket launchers – two mobile units – and two dozen 240mm unguided rockets, high-ranking security sources said yesterday.

The total value of weapons found in 145 large boxes that weigh nearly 40 tonnes all up was estimated at around Bt600 million, the sources said.

No nuclear munitions or weapons of mass destruction were found on board, the sources added.

The weapons were unloaded from the Il-76 Kazakhstan-registered aircraft and transported to Takhli Air Force base in Nakhon Sawan province under tight security.

The rocket launchers were identified as an M-1985 model manufactured by North Korea although based on Soviet-era technology.

Another unconfirmed report said there were a number of Soviet-made rocket-propelled grenade launchers without munitions found on board, but no assault rifles of any type.

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