A THAI Army general has appeared in court in Hong Kong after being arrested in connection with one of the largest international drug busts since the famous French Connection. General Thanat Phaktiphat was arrested at Kai Tak airport on Wednesday when he allegedly flew in to collect money to buy heroin in Thailand. He appeared in Eastern Court yesterday pending extradition proceedings to the United States for allegedly trafficking in US$4 million (HK$30.87 million) worth of heroin. The general, in his mid-50s, faces six drug-related offences including importing heroin and conspiracy to import heroin to the US. His arrest coincides with a massive drugs bust in the United States following a two-year worldwide surveillance and undercover operation by drug enforcement agencies. The Drug Enforcement Agency attached to the US Consulate in Hong Kong is believed to have provided information to Interpol officers who made the arrest. Phaktiphat's arrest was one of 66 which took place on Tuesday and Wednesday mainly in the US. More than 500 narcotics officers and police were involved. At Eastern Court yesterday, Senior Crown Counsel Roger McMeans, representing the US Government, asked for a 59-day adjournment. Magistrate Ian Carlson adjourned the case until February 4 and remanded Phaktiphat in custody. The court heard an informant went to Bangkok to negotiate the delivery of 400 kilograms of heroin to the US. The informant was later introduced to Phaktiphat. Last month the Thai supplier went to the US when the transaction of seven kilograms of heroin was agreed for US$20,000. The money would be paid to Phaktiphat in Thailand before the drug was delivered. A further transaction of 60 units (about 42 kg) of heroin was discussed and the general agreed to collect the payment in Hong Kong. He was stopped at Kai Tak with two empty suitcases at 11.40 am. He had planned to return to Thailand at 6.05 pm the same day.