Pattaya (November 2, 2011) [PDN] Pol. Maj. Kittitas Kanchai and Pol. Lt. Vitsanu Chaisuwan, Pattaya police stopped a suspect pickup at a check point on Thepprasit road. The vehicle a Toyota Vigo, bronze color, license number BOR TOR 6903, Sakeaw province. The back of the truck was covered with a black net and the police saw a group people hiding underneath. The police had told the driver to stop but the driver escaped at high speed into Soi One Sophon market and on to Theppraya Road with police and volunteer police in hot pursuit.
Police reinforcements were called in and after 30 minutes they found the pickup truck parked in the forest in Soi Wat Boonkunjanaram, Moo 12 Tambon Nong Preu. The door of the pickup truck was open but the vehicle was deserted. The police together with 50 volunteer police surrounded the forest area and at the break of dark they found all the suspects; one Thai guy and nine Khmers or five men, three women and one child. Also one handicapped man who had lost his legs. Each suspect with a bag of clothes trying to hide in the forest. All of them were arrested and detained.
Upon investigation the police indentified Thai person as: Mr. Krissana Kamlah age 24, address 4 Moo 8 Tambon Wangnumyen, Amphur Wangnumyen, Sakaew province, In his possession the police found a small bag of ganja. Mr. Krissana confessed worked as a human trafficker, bringing in illegal foreigners from the Thai-Cambodian border to Pattaya and other areas of Chonburi and Rayong province. He had been doing this for a long time. Transporting them to Thailand and to taking them back to their hometowns. Charging 1,400-1,600 THB per person. The owner of the vehicle and the driver named Mr. “Tom” managed to escape.
Interrogating of arrested foreigners, the police found that five had of them had the work permits and had worked in a Mataphut factory in Rayong province. They claimed that they hired Mr. Krissana to take them back to their hometown because their factory was closed. They paid 1,400 THB per person and another four persons including one handicapped person and a child each paying of 1,600 THB per person.
An arrest warrant have been issued for the gang leader, the owner of the pickup truck who is still at large.