More accused human traffickers arrested
published : 21 May 2015 at 13:48
writer: Wichayant Boonchote
Nine more people wanted on human-trafficking charges have been apprehended, bringing the number of detained suspects to 43, with 34 still on the run, police said.
Pol Maj Gen Puthichart Ekachan, deputy commissioner of the Region 9 Provincial Police Bureau, said at a press conference on Thursday that four of the nine surrendered while the other five were arrested on warrants.
The surrendering suspects were Posia Angchotiphan, a relative of Pajjuban "Koh Tong" Angchotiphan, Sompol Adam, a Satun provincial administration organisation representative for Muang district, Somboon Sando and Somkiat Kaewpradap.
The five captured were Abdullaseed Mantasum, Madyusop Billem, Cheta Yafat, Mid Mochuen and Usen, a Bangladeshi national.
Pol Maj Gen Puthichart alleged the nine were members of human-trafficking rings in Songkhla, Satun and Ranong. They would be detained at the Region 9 Provincial Police operations centre for further questioning, he said.
Arrest warrants have been issued for 77 people, of whom 43 are now in detention and 34 still at large. Of the 77, 39 were from Songkhla, 19 from Satun and 12 from Ranong. Seven others were foreign nationals, he said.