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Man arrested for allegedly smuggling durian into Thailand

Jack Arthur

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Last night, a man was arrested and charged with smuggling durian into Thailand from Myanmar.

25 year old Pairat Wattanom, a Thai Man from the Thai Province Ranong, which is part of the isthmus that has the Andaman Sea on one side and the Gulf of Thailand on the other, has been arrested and waits for the judicial system to decide his fate.

Allegedly, the man and his crew had taken long tail boats to the Myanmar side of the river. Once there, he allegedly purchased 2.5 tonnes of durian from his Myanmar durian dealer.

However, the score was foiled due to a tip off.

After finishing his durian transaction and returning to Thailand, Thai soldiers ambushed the man.

Reportedly, Pairat says he bought durian from a Myanmar seller to sell the pungent fruit to buyers in Ranong.

Thailand has seen its share of smuggling: from artefact smugglers, to cannabis, methamphetamines, and occasionally orangutans, durian smuggling is a somewhat rarer reported illegal good.

SOURCE: Thai Residents

 

 

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7 Comments

7 Comments

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    chupapi

    Friday, June 4, 2021 at 5:45 pm

    is 1st of april again?

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    Toby Andrews

    Friday, June 4, 2021 at 9:34 pm

    Thai border force smelled smuggling afoot. It was not it was durian.

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    Karsten

    Saturday, June 5, 2021 at 8:28 am

    This is how sick Thai juducial system can get; “smuggling fruit from neighbouring country!!!”
    I would understand if fruit import is forbidden between long distant bio-diversities, but these are 2 regions that have the SAME bio-diversity.
    The only reason to make it illegal is SICK system of judiciary!
    PERIOD!

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    Toby Andrews

    Saturday, June 5, 2021 at 1:09 pm

    They create rules so that the police can collect bribes to ignore them.

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    Ray

    Saturday, June 5, 2021 at 1:40 pm

    This is not about the fruit of course. These smugglers did an illegal border run which is a punishable crime these days.

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    LEE HAI

    Saturday, June 5, 2021 at 10:15 pm

    :)’I feel safe now…..’

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    JD

    Sunday, June 6, 2021 at 4:06 am

    Are durian illegal in Thailand? If not, why is it a crime to bring them into Thailand from a neighboring country?

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