46 illegal Myanmar nationals nabbed in Kanchanaburi

46 illegal Myanmar nationals nabbed in Kanchanaburi

Kanchanaburi province (Photo by Piyarach Chongcharoen)
Kanchanaburi province (Photo by Piyarach Chongcharoen)

KANCHANABURI -- Police in Sai Yok district on Sunday arrested a total of 46 undocumented Myanmar immigrants in two separate actions.

In the first action, police at the Phu Noi checkpoint on Bong Ti-Wang Pho road in tambon Lumsum stopped two pickup trucks for a search at about 1.40am.

Twenty-one Myanmar migrant workers, including the Myanmar driver, were found in the first vehicle, a Mazda pickup truck.  

Found in the second vehicle, a Nissan pickup, were 18 Myanmar migrants. The driver of the pickup was a Thai man, identified as Tonrak Chamroonchotkobkij, 37, a native of Kanchanaburi's Thong Pha Phum district.

The two drivers said they were hired to take the migrant workers from a forest near Ban Thai Muang in Sai Sok district to Pak Kilen village in tambon Sing of Sai Yok district. From there, the workers were to be taken to different destinations in the country.

An additional report from Daily News Online said at about the same time, police at another checkpoint on Kanchanaburi-Sangkhalaburi road in tambon Tha Sao searched a bus and found seven undocumented Myanmar nationals on board.

All of the undocumented Myanmar nationals were charged with illegal entry. The Myanmar driver of the first vehicle was additionally charged with smuggling illegal immitgrants into the country. The Thai driver of the second vehicle was charged with the smuggling of illegal immigrants.


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