B45m untaxed assets seized

The Customs Department confiscated untaxed and pirated items worth about 45 million baht during several arrests on Saturday.

The goods, including elephant tusks, 1,200 methamphetamine pills, 20,000 Diazepam tablets, 80 sets of iPhone 5 and brand-name clothing and shoes, were seized at Suvarnabhumi Airport, Customs Department director-general Bencha Luicharoen said on Monday. 

Speed pills and Diazepam tablets, which is a prohibited drug, were found hidden in instant coffee packages in parcel posts destined for Israel, Mrs Bencha said.      

Customs officials also seized 310 large-sized cooking gas cylinders and 500 gallons of liquid refrigerant from a fishing vessel 11 nautical miles off Koh Man Nok in Rayong province.

Other items seized included imported wines and male hormone medicines seized from Laem Chabang Port in Chon Buri provionce.

"As the festive season for New Year draws near, the practice of smuggling goods into the kingdom becomes more prevalent,” Mrs Bencha said.

“The department has set up task force units to monitor areas with high risk of such activities, especially for liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) and oil that have been smuggled for bulk sales.”

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