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A large amount of illegal teak wood furniture was confiscated and three people arrested for selling the items at the Red Cross fair in Bangkok on Sunday.
Police raided the Red Cross fair at the Suan Amporn Garden yesterday after a tip-off about the illegal sales of illegal teak wood furniture in a Red Cross booth.
Earlier before the arrest, a police officer had disguised himself as a shopper to purchase teak wood products from the shop.
All the furniture products are illegal when they were produced from prohibited wood and no licence could be produced as evident nice.
Three employees at the booth were arrested and all furniture made of teak wood including tables, chairs, shelves, and sofa sets were seized.
The suspects were charged for violating the Forest Act B.E. 2484.
Meanwhile, three other people were also arrested for extorting parking fee from Red Cross visitors and seized 1,600 baht cash and fake parking tickets from them.
The suspects confessed that they asked the Red Cross visitors who parked their vehicle near the festival to pay them parking fee by threatening them that their car could be damaged if they didn’t pay.
Visitors were charged 60-120 baht for car and 20-40 baht for motorbike, the said.
The suspects said they worked for a man called “Te” and were paid 500 baht to do the job.
All the money they earned from the extortion would be given to him, they said.
Police are hunting for ‘Te” and other members of his extortion gang.