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17 February 2013 :: 16:02:15 pm 71958

Gas Guzzling LPG Crooks Caught At Thai Border

Border police arrested two drivers of a Rayong gas company trying to smuggle LPG gas out of Thailand in their trucks. The drivers had filled more gas than was stated in their documents, and would sell the difference for themselves in Cambodia.
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SRAKAEW – February 16, 2013 [Pattaya Daily News]: the arrest of two gas company drivers caught trying to smuggle LPG gas out of Thailand was announced by Pol. Lt. Gen. Sophon Pistuttiwong, the commissioner of the Royal Thai Police office; and Pol. Col. Kamol Hrianracha, the vice director of Economic Crimes Suppression.

The suspects were identified as Mr. Chao Khaiwmanee, age 58; and Mr.Taweesak Jantanaporn, age 32. Police seized the evidence of two LPG trailer trucks with Rayong registration licenses. The two trucks were carrying a total weight of 32,170 kg of LPG.

Pol. Lt. Gen. Sophon said that the police were informed that there was LPG gas being smuggled out of Thailand through the Aranyaprathet border, Srakaew; and Chong Sa-Ngam border, Seesakes, to sell in the neighboring country.

On February 15 at 12.30 a.m., the police had arrested the two LPG trucks, at the Aranyaprathet customs border, and at the Chong Sa-Ngam border. When stopped, the two drivers gave false information about the amount of LPG gas contained in the trailer tanks. They also did not have documentation showing that taxes had been paid on the gas.

Police investigated further, and discovered the trucks belonged to Tantichai Petroleum Ltd. in Rayong. After investigation, the two accused drivers confessed that they worked for the company, and got paid monthly.

The suspects admitted smuggling LPG gas many times, when the company had them transport the gas from PTT 12 tons to Cambodia. The two men would fill more gas than was stated in the documentation, and then sell the difference for themselves.

The police initially charged the suspects for together possessing goods that had not been taxed, or bringing LPG that had not been taxed out of the Kingdom. The suspects were then sent to the detective officers for prosecution.

Category : Crime News

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