Did some simple calculations form the news item below.
They got 614 kilograms in 648 (supposedly kilo) sticks of compressed marijuana they valued at 9 million Baht.
so B9,000,000 / 648 = B13,888.89 per 0.95 kg stick which presumably go to a dealer network
assuming that dealers are selling in units of money eg B1000, B500, and say B200
let's say that you bought B1000 worth from a dealer
anything less than 72 grams (2.539 ounces) is profit
let's say that you only get half an ounce for that so the dealer makes 2 ounces in profit I (another 4 B1000 sales)
the dealer would potentially make up to 55K Baht if all his deals were for 1000 but i would not be surprised if they sell in smaller sizes in which case there would be more profit
that's, say, $2000 profit per stick
sounds like so very little to risk your freedom for - so nobody is really making big money out of it
except whoever gets the B9 million ($275,000)
ps, very rough yes and lots of assumptions but something to start with
Another news report here suggests that the 1 kg sticks are worth more like 8,000 baht - so down line dealers are making even less than i calculated above. Either that or my street price calculations are not very good. If anyone out there actually knows how much the street price is (and for what weight) i'd be interested to know.