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21 June 2014 :: 01:06:38 am 89145

Phuket Police ‘to Target Patong and Airport Mafia Taxis’

“Mafia” taxi drivers in Patong and at Phuket International Airport are still being targeted, police said today (June 19).
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PHUKET – June 20, 2014 [Pattaya Daily News]; Officers are still going through evidence they have gathered but are confident they will be able to make arrests and seize the illegal assets of “mafia” drivers.

 

Speaking with The Phuket News today (June 19), Pol Lt Gen Panya Mamen, Commissioner of Police Region 8, said police are also still gathering evidence in the 112 cases that led to arrests of taxi drivers elsewhere at the beginning of this month.

 

All evidence will be passed to the Anti Money Laundering Office, which, he said, “will seize [the criminal taxi drivers’] assets for sure”.

 

Once all the criminals are locked up, well-behaved taxi drivers can continue working for a living, he said.

 

He stressed, however, that relevant officials such as the Phuket Land Transportation Department, must have a role in the new taxi management system.

 

Phuket Governor Maitri Inthusut told The Phuket News, “Taxi drivers who commit crimes are in the minority. But after the arrests are completed, we have to think of different ways to manage the taxi business.

 

“The managers of the taxi stands might talk with hotels about new ways to organise the industry, possibly with taxi drivers being treated as hotel staff.”

 

View the original story on The Phuket News

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