Cooking gas gang caught red-handed

SA KAEO - Three suspects were caught red-handed while trying to smuggle 244 cooking gas cylinders into neighbouring Cambodia through Aranyaprathet district of this province, police said Wednesday.

A police team cracking down on the illegal energy trade received a report at that a liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) smuggling gang would cross the Thai-Cambodian border, Pol Col Worapong Thongpaibul, the team leader said.

A combined force of police and military rangers was deployed to the suspected smuggling route in Ban Toon. A six-wheeled truck laden with 244 15kg LPG cylinders arrived shortly after.

Police asked to check its permit to transport the gas, but driver Suriyan Jankato, 26, from Sa Kaeo, said he didn't have the document.

Police say the driver confessed to being hired by an individual to smuggle the gas into Cambodia. The driver refused to name the individual.

Wanchalerm Kaeohawong, 21, and Saichol Satwong, 26, both Sa Kaeo residents, were detained along with the first suspect. The three were charged initially with colluding to smuggle cooking gas, which is a controlled product.

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