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On Tuesday customs officials seized 50,000 liters of smuggled diesel about 11 nautical miles west of Koh Samui in the Gulf of Thailand, the boats skipper and crew were arrested.
At a press conference on Thursday morning, Chief of the Bandon Customs office – Nimit Saeng-ampai, said that the seizure was part of a drive to suppress oil smuggling.
Jirapong Boonchudam, 58 and Sommat Boonchudam, the boat’s captain aged 62 were arrested on board a modified fishing boat, their smuggled haul has a value of around 1.2 million baht. The two men told officials that a man they would refer to only as Phan paid them 15,000 baht a month to smuggle the oil. It is believed the oil was being smuggled from Malaysia and was en-route to Vietnam.