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Police look to close ID theft escape route

Corrupt officials in North border areas helping major criminals evade justice

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Aman named as Somchai Rakyodying on his ID card was arrested in Myanmar last August for smuggling cold and flu pills containing pseudoephedrine, a precursor drug for manufacturing methamphetamine. 

His ID listed him as a local of Doi Saket district of Chiang Mai province _ but the man immediately denied being a Thai national.

In fact, "Somchai" is a Myanmar national, and the name and address on his ID were false, bought on the black market in Chiang Mai. Once his real identity was revealed, he could no longer be sent to Thailand for prosecution.

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