A Myanmar national has been arrested for allegedly helping three Thais skip a border checkpoint to illegally enter Chiang Rai province from Myanmar.
The Special Task Force of the 3rd Cavalry Regiment, the army’s Pha Muang Task Force, spotted four people crossing the border through a natural corridor near Ban Sansai Mai in Chiang Rai’s Mai Sai district on Thursday night.
A border patrol mission was then conducted and the task force caught up with the four, who was later identified as Zaw Naing Tum, a 28-year-old man from Myanmar, and three Thai nationals aged 14, 16 and 28.
The four allegedly crossed the Sai River into Thailand. None of them had illegal items on them.
During questioning, the officers learned that Zaw Naing Tum was paid 2,000 baht to help the three Thais return to the kingdom from Myanmar’s Tachilek province.
All four were taken to Mae Sai police station.
Meanwhile, a Thai man was held in Kanchanaburi’s Sangkhla Buri district for allegedly smuggling two Myanmar migrants in his lorry.
Chanon Charoenhongsa, 20, was arrested at a checkpoint by Ranti Bridge early yesterday morning. He is accused of smuggling a man and a boy from Myanmar in his lorry.
He reportedly told the arresting team he was paid 20,000 baht per head.
On Thursday, border police arrested a Thai driver for allegedly smuggling 26 Myanmar migrants, including children, near a checkpoint in tambon Nong Lu.