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North-East Thailand immigration purge nets 2,200

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North-eastern Immigration police in Khon Kaen have netted around 2,200 foreigners over a variety of immigration offences since the start of June.

  • 622 entered the country illegally
  • 31 for overstaying their visas
  • 73 for working without permission
  • 16 were wanted on arrest warrants
  • 1,245 committed other offences
  • 287 had been refused entry

They also joined forces with National Park officials to arrest 18 suspects in the Nakhon Ratchasima forests on charges of illegally cutting down protected Siamese rosewood trees. 15 Cambodian and 3 Thais were arrested in those raids.

At a media conference in Khon Kaen yesterday the local Immigration Chief noted that they were keeping a close eye on Colombian and Cameroonian criminals who had fled from the capital to the north-east. They claim that many were wanted over petty thefts and break-ins.

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Fuel tanker explodes after collision in Buri Ram

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A fuel tanker has exploded after a collision with a trailer truck, causing both vehicles to be engulfed in flames in a series of explosions. Fuel from the 40,000-litre tank spilled out onto the road, spreading about 1 kilometre to nearby homes and into the sewers. People trying to douse the spreading flames found they were just pushing the flaming fuel further down the road, 20 cars, motorcycles and tuk tuks parked along the road were damaged or destroyed in the fire. Many people were injured, but there is no exact count.

The fuel tanker truck and the trailer truck collided on Highway 24 in the Isaan province Buri Ram. The drivers were able to flee before the first explosion. There were a series of explosions as the fuel spread and nearby residents fled their homes. People tried to put the flames out with tap water, but fire continued to spread.

50 fire engines responded to the fire and the road was closed off for a radius of 5 kilometres. It took firefighters more than 4 hours to extinguish the fire. The oil company was called to safely unload 30,000 litres of fuel that was left in the tanker.

SOURCE: Bangkok Post

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Man allegedly burns down house because his wife refused sex

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A 33 year old man was arrested after he allegedly set a house on fire because his wife didn’t want to have sex with him.

Narongchan Paksarom allegedly drove his motorcycle to a house in the Isaan province Buriram where his wife was living and approached the home wearing nothing but a towel, according to his wife Ratchaneekorn Yeeram. She told police her husband’s words scared her and she quickly left her home, taking her children, ages 4 and 9, with her.

Narongchan then allegedly set the home on fire. Reports don’t go into detail about how the fire was started, or how much damage was done to the home, but photos show the fire engulfing the entire home. Neighbours say the alleged arsonist also threatened them with a knife.

Police say that Narongchan admitted to starting the fire and said he was angry because his wife didn’t want to have sex with him. Ratchaeekorn says she believes her husband’s actions were because he was high on drugs. Police tested the man’s urine and it came out positive for narcotics.

SOURCE: Nation Thailand

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4.4 million methamphetamine pills seized near Laos border

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Police seized 4.4 million methamphetamine pills worth more than 400 million baht after a police chase in the Northeastern province Bueng Kan near the Thai-Laos border. Thai media says the alleged drug traffickers threw black bags full of the drugs out onto the road during the police chase and drove off into a rubber farm in the Bung Kla district.

The Royal Thai Navy and Thai Custom’s Enforcement Division had received a tip about drugs allegedly being trafficked across the Mekong River and into Thailand. Officials followed a truck they say was suspicious and driving fast by the river. The truck dropped 2 black bags on the road before driving off into a rubber farm.

Police searched the bags and found bags full of yaba, which translates to “crazy drug” and is known to be pills containing mixture of caffeine and methamphetamine. Police also found 2,970 ecstasy pills.

Since October 1, the Royal Thai Navy has been involved in 18 drug trafficking busts, seizing methamphetamine, ecstasy, heroin and marijuana, altogether worth around 2.7 billion baht.

SOURCE: Thai Residents

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