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29 April 2013 :: 09:04:07 am 74171

Ship Caught Smuggling Logs Worth 10 Million THB

A Navy ship intercepted a Cambodian fishing boat in Rayong bay and seized nearly 300 cut Siamese rosewood logs worth 10 million THB. The ship’s pilot said he was hired to deliver the logs to a location in Vietnam, and did not know anything else.
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SATTAHIP – April 28, 2013 [Pattaya Daily News]; at 12:15 a.m., a report of a suspicious boat suspected of smuggling wood was received by Vice Admiral Roongsak Sereesawat, the Commissioner of Navy section.

He commanded Capt. Soravuth Chawana, the Commander of Chaophraya royal boat, to bring the navy’s boat out of Laemthien port, Amphur Sattahip, Chonburi province, to search the area of Rayong bay for the suspicious boat.

Joining the operation were the officers from the naval inspection department, the unit of protection for the conservation of forests at Chonburi, and the Department of Forestry and Customs.

Enforcement officials found the big fishing boat with a length of 9 wahs traveling in Rayong bay. The boat was a white color with a green strip, nationality Cambodian with a Thai flag. When the boat operator saw the Navy ship, he tried to speed up his boat to escape.

But the officers restrained the fishing boat and its 4-man Cambodian crew, consisting of Mr. Sano Kongkaew, age 39, the boat pilot, Mr. Mud, age 23, Mr. Mike, age 23, and Mr. No, age 47.

Officers inspected the boat and found the hidden Siamese rosewood logs, each about 3 meters long. There were 296 logs worth more than 10 million THB hidden in the frozen fish room. Officers also found a Thai flag, Cambodia flag and Vietnam flag. The officers arrested the crew and seized the Siamese rosewood logs and the boat.

During questioning, Mr. Sano Kongkaew, the boat pilot, said that he and the crew were hired by a Thai capitalist to use the fishing boat to deliver Siamese rosewood logs to customers in Vietnam. The boat had left the port in Amphur Meuang, Trad province, on April 25, 2013.

Mr. Sano claimed that he didn’t know the original source of the Siamese rosewood, or who were the customers at his destination. His duty was only to drive the boat, and when they arrived at the Vietnam location, a crew was going to come to receive the wood, and his duty would be finished.

Vice Admiral Roongsak Sereesawat, the Commissioner of Navy section 1, revealed that the arresting of the defendants and halting the procession of the smuggling attempt to bring Siamese rosewood logs out of the country was due to timely information.

He had received a report from the patrol unit in the sea that there would be the smuggling of Siamese rosewood logs that would be delivered in a large shipment out of country via the Rayong sea. So he sent the Chaophraya royal boat to intercept the ship and arrest the crew, and seize all the Siamese rosewood logs.

The Vice Admiral assumed that the group of capitalists were smuggling the cut Siamese rosewood from the border of Tak province, and loaded it into the boat to escape out of the country to deliver to customers in Vietnam.

Initially, he had restrained the crew and brought the Siamese rosewood logs to be sent to the investigation police of Sattahip police station to prosecute further according to the law.

Reporter : Nattaphummint   Photo : Nattaphummint   Category : Crime News

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