Police raid in Pattaya uncovers 25 illegal immigrants

Photo courtesy of Pattaya News

Chon Buri immigration officers conducted a surprise raid on an apartment building in Pattaya, arresting over 25 illegal immigrants from Myanmar.

Acting on a tip-off from concerned residents regarding disturbances caused by a significant number of undocumented foreign workers residing on Soi Kho Phai 4/5, Nongprue sub-district, Banglamung district, the authorities swiftly moved in.

During the inspection, officers discovered a total of 57 foreign nationals living in the building. Among them, two were identified as Indian nationals with valid documentation, while 32 others complied with Thai immigration laws.

However, the focus of the operation centred on 25 individuals from Myanmar who failed to provide any legal documentation for their stay in Thailand. Subsequently, they were placed under arrest for illegal entry into the country.

The detainees are currently awaiting further legal proceedings and face eventual deportation back to Myanmar. Meanwhile, the apartment’s owner, 80 year old Wichit Meesetthi, also faced charges for breaching Thai law by failing to report the presence of foreign tenants within the required 24-hour period, reported Pattaya News.

In related news, Sangkhla Buri Police, immigration officers, and several agencies successfully apprehended 56 Burmese nationals who allegedly snuck into Thailand through a remote passage in Kanchanaburi.

The sting was sparked by an anonymous tip-off, which revealed that a large group of Burmese nationals were attempting to bypass a subdistrict police checkpoint by trekking through dense forests along the notorious 323 Road.

In other news, a white Mitsubishi Pajero, carrying 19 illegal immigrants, collided with a motorcycle and fled the scene in Lamphun. The incident occurred around 8.40pm on June 12, injuring a mother and her child at the three-way clock tower intersection in Ban Pa Puai, Ban Hong District.

Officers from Ban Hong Police Station and rescue workers from Phutthaisawan Rescue Unit pursued the vehicle but initially failed to apprehend it. Later, locals reported seeing a damaged white vehicle with a burst front-left tyre driving erratically into Ban Hong Hospital.

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Puntid Tantivangphaisal

Originally from Hong Kong, Puntid moved to Bangkok in 2020 to pursue further studies in translation. She holds a Bachelor's degree in Comparative Literature from the University of Hong Kong. Puntid spent 8 years living in Manchester, UK. Before joining The Thaiger, Puntid has been a freelance translator for 2 years. In her free time, she enjoys swimming and listening to music, as well as writing short fiction and poetry.

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