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Last week the country’s top alcohol regulator approved a draft law to ban online alcohol sales. Yesterday, synchronised raids on 2 Bangkok addresses resulted in 6 arrests and the seizure of of foreign liquor and wine valued at 2 million baht. The first raid was a house used as a distribution centre in Ram Intra Soi 61. 5 men and women aged between 24-42 were arrested, and 889 bottles of untaxed foreign liquor and 362 bottles of wine were seized.

Meanwhile police served a search warrant on a shop in the Pradiphat area, where a 53 year old woman was arrested and 347 bottles of Black and Red Label whisky were seized.

The suspects had advertised cheap foreign alcohol for sale on Facebook, and later on the Line app. They had not paid tax on the alcohol, and its source remains unclear.

The 6 face up to a month in jail and fines of 5 to 10 times the value of the tax that was avoided.

SOURCES: thaivisa | Daily News

 

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Jack Burton is an American writer, broadcaster, linguist and journalist who has lived in Asia since 1987. A native of the state of Georgia, he attended the The University of Georgia's Henry Grady School of Journalism, which hands out journalism's prestigious Peabody Awards. His works have appeared in The China Post, The South China Morning Post, The International Herald Tribune and many magazines throughout Asia and the world. He is fluent in Mandarin and has appeared on television and radio for decades in Taiwan, Mainland China, Hong Kong and Macau.

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