Thai coconut milk maker denies exporting meth to Australia

Thaveeros brand coconut milk on a supermarket shelf. Photo: TVA Coconut / Facebook
Thaveeros brand coconut milk on a supermarket shelf. Photo: TVA Coconut / Facebook

A Thai coconut milk manufacturer has denied involvement in international drug trafficking after hundreds of liters of meth were found hidden inside cans shipped to Australia.

Thaveevong Agriculture Co. said it would take legal action over damage to its brand after two Australians were busted in Sydney with 600 liters of liquid methamphetamine inside cans with Thaveeros coconut milk labels. 

The company said images of the cans had ruined the company but did not indicate just whom it would sue. 

The manufacturer, based in the southwest metro Bangkok province of Samut Sakhon, insisted it “only conducts business in good faith and always holds to moral principles.”

Its statement also detailed what the company said were discrepancies between its products and the cans which appeared in the news, saying they had different labels from those it exports and different types of lids.

On Friday, the two Sydney suspects were charged with intent to acquire a commercial quantity of illicit narcotics after the drugs were found in a warehouse in Girraween, NSW, according to the Australian Federal Police. The maximum penalty for the offense is life imprisonment. 

The police said they built their case after milk in a shipment of 90 crates last month tested positive for speed.

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