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Police chief transferred over smuggled oil

Police chief transferred over smuggled oil

Marine Police Chief Pritthipong Nuchanat has been reassigned to an inactive post amid an investigation into the recent disappearance of three boats and smuggled oil.

A source revealed on Monday that Pol Lt Gen Jirabhop Bhuridej, commissioner of the Central Investigation Bureau (CIB), signed the transfer order on Friday, moving Pol Maj Gen Pritthipong to the CIB operations center.

In conjunction with this move, Pol Lt Gen Jirabhop appointed Pol Col Pornsak Laorujiralai, deputy commander of the Crime Suppression Division, as the acting Marine Police commander.

This transfer follows the disappearance of three boats carrying smuggled oil from a Marine Police pier in Chon Buri province in June. Although the modified fishing vessels were recovered, their smuggled oil cargo was missing.

Previously, four subordinates at the Marine Police were also transferred in connection with this case.

On March 19, five ships were seized and docked at the Marine Police pier in Sattahip, Chon Buri. Three of these ships contained a total of 330,000 liters of smuggled oil. Twenty-eight crew members were arrested and later released on bail. On the night of June 11, three of these vessels, along with 15 crew members, vanished.

Police later recaptured the three ships with nearly empty oil tanks near the maritime border with Malaysia on June 17. It was discovered that the oil had been sold while they were docked in Cambodia.

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