Connect with us

Crime

Former cop accused of torture and murder was involved in seizure of over 400 luxury cars

Published

 on 

PHOTO: Shutterstock

A man accused of murder and fired from his role as police chief in the northern province of Nakhon Sawan was involved in the confiscation of over 400 luxury cars. According to deputy national police chief, Suchart Thiraswasdi, disgraced former cop Thitisan Utthanaphol was involved in the seizure of 410 high-end vehicles that had been smuggled into Thailand from Malaysia and Singapore. A Thai PBS World report reveals that 270 of the cars were stolen abroad.

Thitisan, whose penchant for luxury cars had earned him the nickname, “Joe Ferrari”, is in custody, accused of murder. It’s alleged he tortured and murdered a drugs suspect during questioning by covering his head in plastic bags until the man fell unconscious. Several other officers were arrested alongside him. Suchart says the investigation is nearing completion and the case should be forwarded to prosecutors next month.

According to the Thai PBS World report, an investigation was also carried out into Thitisan’s involvement in the seizure of luxury smuggled cars and suspected money laundering. Suchart says 101 vehicles had been stolen abroad before being confiscated in Thailand. 169 were reported stolen after they’d been seized, while the origin of 140 is unknown and still being investigated.

Suchart says the seizure of a number of vehicles before they were smuggled into the kingdom shows such action was illegal, adding that a number of the cars were brought into Thailand by foreigners, who immediately flew out of the country. Immigration officials are currently investigating how many cars arrived in Thailand through this method.

Of the 410 cars confiscated by Thitisan and others, only 5 have not been auctioned off by the Customs Department. In Thailand, police who confiscate smuggled cars are entitled to a reward from the Customs Department. It’s reported that when the department put seized cars up for auction, Thitisan’s men would bid on them, then sell them at below market price to collectors of luxury cars.

SOURCE: Thai PBS World

 

Get more from The Thaiger

Join the conversation and have your say on Thailand news published on The Thaiger.

Thaiger Talk is our new Thaiger Community where you can join the discussion on everything happening in Thailand right now.

Please note that articles are not posted to the forum instantly and can take up to 20 min before being visible. Click for more information and the Thaiger Talk Guidelines.

A seasoned writer, with a degree in Creative Writing. Over ten years' experience in producing blog and magazine articles, news reports and website content.

Follow Thaiger by email:

Politics3 hours ago

6 months in, Bangkok Governor Chadchart rated highly

North East3 hours ago

Bloody end to innocent celebratory nap

Crime3 hours ago

Officials seize 25 tonnes of illegal meat from Chon Buri factory

Sponsored1 day ago

Marketing in Thailand as a Foreigner: Volume #3 The Marketing Noises

Pattaya4 hours ago

Raid roundup: Pattaya pubs, cannabis shops scrutinised

Crime6 hours ago

Loan shark sends goons to attack man in hospital and steal his car

Election6 hours ago

‘Big Joke’ goes back to school to hunt visa crooks

Join the conversation on the Thaiger Talk forums today!
Insurgency7 hours ago

Insurgent bomb derails train in Songkhla

Bangkok7 hours ago

Fire at Bangkok’s CentralWorld mall sends shoppers scurrying (video)

Video8 hours ago

HISTORY OF THAI LOTTERY

Transport8 hours ago

Disruptive Phuket-bound passenger thrown off flight in Karachi

Tourism9 hours ago

Air Canada’s Vancouver-Bangkok flight touches down Thailand

Bangkok Travel24 hours ago

Ari All Link is a must-attend skill-up workshop for Ari people

Cannabis News1 day ago

Anutin responds to photo of cannabis smoking kids on Pattaya Beach

Education1 day ago

Thai student allegedly raped by Hyderabad U professor

Tourism1 day ago

Phuket welcomes 6,730 flights in December

Thailand1 year ago

Morning Top Stories Thailand | Police to end protests, Human Trafficking | September 14

Thailand2 years ago

Thailand News Today | Thai Airways in rehab, All go for Songkran | March 4

Tourism2 years ago

Phuket’s nightlife. Yes, bars and clubs are still open | VIDEO

Phuket2 years ago

Thailand News Today | Covid passport talks, Thai Airways heads to court | March 2

Tourism2 years ago

Phuket Thai food treats you need to try | VIDEO

Thailand2 years ago

Thailand News Today | Bars, pubs and restaurants ‘sort of’ back to normal | Feb 23

Tourism2 years ago

In search of Cat & Dog Cafés in Phuket Town | VIDEO

Thailand2 years ago

Thailand News Today | Gambling crackdown, Seafood market to reopen, Vlogger challenge | Jan 21

Thailand2 years ago

Thailand News Today | Covid testing for visas, Business impact, Vaccine approval | January 19

Thailand2 years ago

Thailand News Today | Weekend Bangkok bombs, Thailand fires, Covid update | January 18

Thailand2 years ago

Thailand News Today | Stray car on runway, Indonesian quake, 300 baht tourist fee | January 15

Thailand2 years ago

Thailand News Today | Governor off respirator, sex-trafficking arrest, condo prices falling | January 14

Thailand2 years ago

Thailand News Today | Chinese vaccine, Thailand ‘drug hub’, Covid update | January 13

Thailand2 years ago

Thailand News Today | Bangkok may ease restrictions, Phuket bar curfew, Vaccine roll out | January 12

Thailand2 years ago

Thailand News Today | Covid latest, Cockfights closed down, Bryde’s Whale beached | January 11

Trending