Pattaya Daily News

03 September 2014 :: 14:09:34 pm 91533

Pattaya Officials Crack Down On Labourer Smuggling Gang

Soldiers, police and administrative officers have raided a house where a gang were operating from who smuggled alien labourers into Thailand and also made fake passports.
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PATTAYA – September 2, 2014 [Pattaya Daily News]; Maj.Nopporn Singhasut and Mr.Sakchai Tang-Ho-chief district of Bang Lamung- had led a team of 30 soldiers, administrative officers and police to inspect a house in Suppamit Village after the officials were notified that a gang who made fake passports for aliens and also smuggled aliens into Thailand were operating from there.

 

Upon inspecting the house the officials found Mr.Sukhum Kaewdonkoo aged 30, the officers also found a lot of Vietnamese passports, passbooks which showed there was about 50 million baht in circulation, a pistol with some ammunition, account books and 70 cartons of foreign cigarettes therefore the officials confiscated them.

 

Upon questioning Mr.Sukhum he confessed that he was a van driver and sometimes he would pick up aliens from different provinces. He worked for Mrs.Wikanda (Jeab) Saelim who was a Russian tour owner. Later the officers took Mr.Sukhum to inspect the Russian tour office in Soi Bua Kaw.

 

Also the officers went to inspect Bri & Enjoy Company and found out that the office was closed. Plus they inspect Bri & Enjoy hotel which was a 4 storey commercial building that was being run illegally.

 

Later the officers caught Mr.Kaew , upon questioning him he rejected any allegations and he insisted that he had no idea what was happening. After that Mrs.Wikanda called him and asked him about the officers who inspected the office, he then finally confessed that he had worked for Mrs.Wikanda and he was in charge of taking care of about 100 Vietnamese who had come to Pattaya to work, he would also make passports and provide accommodation for them. Mrs.Wikanda would also collect 2,000 baht from each Vietnamese person every month to cover the cost of the negotiation if they were arrested by the police. Each labourer had a purple card which indicated that they were being taken care of by Mrs.Wikanda. The officers then went to inspect Kananek apartment where they found a box that contained roses for sale and a name of a policeman on the wall.

The officials revealed that they couldn’t arrest Mrs. Wikanda because some police officer told her. However the police officers had detained Mr.Kaew and Mr.Sukhum in order to question them more before hunting Mrs.Wikanda.

Reporter : Teerarak   Photo : Teerarak   Category : Crime News

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