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Gold rush as Smuggler is arrested

Police arrested a man with gold bars worth about 28 million baht that were to be smuggled acoss the border to Myanmar on Tuesday night.

The 37-year-old, identified only as Chart, was detained at a checkpoint in tambon Nong Lu of Sangkhlaburi district about 6pm on Tuesday.

Acing on a tip-off, police searched the man’s Toyota pickup truck, which was registered in Kanchanaburi. They found a bag containing 18 gold bars, each weighing one kilogramme. 

The driver, native of tambon Nong Lu, told police that a woman named Mayo who owned a gold shop across the border in Phaya Tongsu township hired him to buy gold bars from a shop in Bangkok’s Chinatown.

He was to hand the gold over to a Myanmar smuggler at a temple near the Three Pagodas Pass.

He had done the same thing twice before – four gold bars worth 6.4 million baht on March 3 and five bars worth 7.4 million baht last Friday, according to police.


Police at Sangkhlaburi station pose for photos with the suspected smuggler and the 18 seized gold bars, on Tuesday. (Photo: Piyarat Chongcharoen)

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