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Bad Guys Out! Immigration chief outlines latest busts of foreigners

Naew Na reported on the latest arrests of foreigners acting illegally in Thailand. This is under the command of immigration chief Pol Lt-Gen Sompong Chingduang. 

There were four separate cases as well as a round up of action taken against Romance Scammers in the last couple of years. 

Case 1: In July police in the far south of Thailand caught seven Myanmar nationals with fake passports on their way to work in Malaysia. They were aided and abetted by a Thai agent in Samut Songkram who was also arrested as the inquiry widened. 

Case 2: A Nigerian national was arrested at a resort in Krabi and found to have been staying in the country illegally for two years. It was discovered that he had entered the kingdom through a natural border area with Laos.

Analysis of his computer, phone and a flash drive showed that he was part of a Romance Scam gang working with Thai people to defraud Thai women. He had a fake profile online and the scam involved the now familiar practice of people posing as customs agents to extract money from victims. 

Case 3: A 50 year old Myanmar woman was using a curry and rice stall in Patong, Phuket as a front to sell Krathom leaf and Krathom tea, a restricted Class 5 drug. She was also found in possession of cough syrup (that is mixed with Krathom tea to heighten its effect).

Seven other Myanmar nationals were arrested in connection with this inquiry. All those arrested were found to be illegal immigrants. 

Naew Na reported on the latest arrests of foreigners acting illegally in Thailand. This is under the command of immigration chief Pol Lt-Gen Sompong Chingduang. 

There were four separate cases as well as a round up of action taken against Romance Scammers in the last couple of years. 

Case 1: In July police in the far south of Thailand caught seven Myanmar nationals with fake passports on their way to work in Malaysia. They were aided and abetted by a Thai agent in Samut Songkram who was also arrested as the inquiry widened. 

Case 2: A Nigerian national was arrested at a resort in Krabi and found to have been staying in the country illegally for two years. It was discovered that he had entered the kingdom through a natural border area with Laos.

Analysis of his computer, phone and a flash drive showed that he was part of a Romance Scam gang working with Thai people to defraud Thai women. He had a fake profile online and the scam involved the now familiar practice of people posing as customs agents to extract money from victims. 

Case 3: A 50 year old Myanmar woman was using a curry and rice stall in Patong, Phuket as a front to sell Krathom leaf and Krathom tea, a restricted Class 5 drug. She was also found in possession of cough syrup (that is mixed with Krathom tea to heighten its effect).

Seven other Myanmar nationals were arrested in connection with this inquiry. All those arrested were found to be illegal immigrants. 

The first row is arrests (on warrants) indicating that 162 people were arrested in 2019 and 165 this year for a 327 total. 

The second row is victims showing 245 in 2018, 64 this year and 309 in total. 

The last row is losses showing 125 million baht last year and 37 million in 2019 for a 162 million baht total. 

Thaivisa notes that many of these arrests were on the watch of former immigration chief and tourism police deputy Lt-Gen Surachate Hakparn who has now been transferred to the PM’s office. 

Thai Visa /  Naew Na

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