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Thai authorities warn that importing or possessing cyanide without authorization may result in a two-year prison sentence and/or a 200,000 baht fine.

The Hazardous drug Act, which lists cyanide as a Category 3 drug, warns individuals of the consequences and issues a statement on Friday from the Consumer Protection Police Division (CPPD).

After a 36-year-old woman was detained in Bangkok last week with a bottle of the deadly chemical in her possession, cyanide recently gained attention from the general public. For allegedly poisoning a Kanchanaburi businesswoman in Ratchaburi province on April 14, she is charged with first-degree murder.

Sararat “Am” Rangsiwuthaporn may be connected to the 18 other strange deaths, according to further inquiry. According to the police, the suspect poisoned the victims to avoid paying debts owing to them or to steal their goods.

In order to import or possess cyanide, a permit from the Industry Ministry is necessary, according to Pol Maj-General Anant Nanasombat, the head of the CPPD. Violations can result in a prison sentence of up to two years and/or a fine of up to 200,000 Baht. He claimed that the Act forbade the selling of the substance through conventional or online means.

Cyanide is typically utilized in the mining industry’s metal separation process as well as in electroplating. Additionally, it serves as a substrate in the narcotics industry. Physical exposure to the substance has the potential to be fatal and can impair the body’s utilization of oxygen. It can exist as a colorless liquid, vapor, or crystallized form in chemical compounds.

Chest pain or tightness, dizziness, eye pain or tearing, difficulty breathing, headache, nausea, a fast or slow heartbeat, breathlessness, vomiting, loss of consciousness, seizures, coma, and death are all possible side effects of cyanide exposure.

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