Smuggled oil depot busted in South
- Published: 2/10/2012 at 11:55 AM
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Nearly 400 suspected traders of smuggled oil in five southernmost border provinces may have links to illegal arms and drug smuggling, as well as the insurgency, an officer of the Region 4 Internal Security Operations Command (Isoc) said.
Col Jatuporn Kalampasut, chief of a working group for solving security-related problems, was speaking after a combined security forces team raided two depots used to store smuggled oil in tambon Samnak Kham in Sadao district of Songkhla on Monday.
They seized 11 oil trucks, 25,000 litres of smuggled oil, some weapons and ammunition and a quantity of drugs.
They also arrested Ismael Pusu, 58, and Marudin Loboyaseng, 30, who were believed to have also provided support for insurgents in Pattani, Yala, Narathiwat and part of Songkhla provinces, he said.
The two suspects were being interrogated at the 41st Rangers Regiment task force headquarters in Yala for information on contraband smuggling networks and financial transaction channels.
Col Jatuporn said Region 4 Isoc had a list of nearly 400 traders who deal in smuggled oil in Songkhla, Satun, Yala, Pattani and Narathiwat. The fuel was smuggled across the border from Malaysia, where the tax is lower, by land and by sea.
The smugglers were believed to use the same routes for contraband oil, weapons and drugs, he said.
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