Pattaya Daily News

13 December 2012 :: 15:12:39 pm 69398

Slippery Oil Smugglers Caught By Sriracha Cops

Police arrested four crewmembers and seized two boats carrying 13,690 liters of smuggled fuel oil to sell to Sriracha fishing boats. The oil was smuggled to avoid paying the import taxes. A “godmother” in Ao Udom ran the black market operation, the men said.
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SRIRACHA – December 12, 2012 [Pattaya Daily News]; A report of illegal oil smuggling at a shipping port in Sriracha was received by Pol. Col. Abhichart Rueantip, vice commander of Saraburi provincial police; the leader of the news operation 6; with Pol. Lt. Col. Pattaha Preechanana, vice director of detective squad, metropolitan police 8, fuel crime suppression operations of the Royal Thai police office.

Police were informed that in the late night of December 11, there was illegal oil smuggling being done at a transportation port 3 km from Sriracha shore. So they brought the forces of news operation 6 and the fuel crime suppression operation to a boat patrol in Sriracha bay and Sri Chang island.

At 1:20 a.m., the boat patrol found two suspected smuggling boats floating in front of the bay. One was named the Por Parichart 2; and the other fishing boat was named Charernpol 9.

The officers asked to search the two vessels. In the fishing boat, they found 18 barrels of bensing oil. Each barrel contained 200 liters, so there was a total of 3,600 liters of oil. The arrested boat operators were identified as Mr. Watcharin Rung Patchim, 38 years old; and Mr. Anusorn Unharn, 23 years old.

In the Por Parichart 2 boat, police found 50 of the 200-liter barrels of bensin oil; and 3 smaller 30-liter barrels of oil, totaling 10,090 liters. The arrested crewmen were identified as Mr. Nattapong Siritham, 59 years old; and Mr. Chatchai Kriangkul, 62 years old.

Altogether, 13,690 liters of smuggled bensin oil worth 588,670 baht were seized by police. After their arrests, the four crewmen from the two boats confessed to all the allegations.

The crewmembers told police that their boats belonged to a “godmother” in Ao Udom. The “godmother” would arrange for them to receive the oil from a foreign boat of unknown nationality anchored in the back of See Chang island. The smuggled oil was then sold to operators of fishing boats in Sriracha.The crewmembers confessed to smuggling oil several times previously.

The police informed the crewmembers of the allegations against them: that they helped each other to hide, sell, take, buy, receive, pawn, or receive goods that they had known were not taxed, or were otherwise limited or forbidden from being imported to the Kingdom without being passed through customs.

The police brought the two boats to the boating dock of Loy island in Sriracha. The four crewmembers were sent to the detective officers of Sriracha police station to prosecute.

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