Crackdown launched in Sakaew province

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  • Crackdown launched in Sakaew province
  • Crackdown launched in Sakaew province
  • Crackdown launched in Sakaew province
A large combined police and army force raided 12 locations in Sakaew province as part of the government’s crackdown on influential criminal figures and syndicates on Friday.

The coordinated raids were led by Pol Gen Srivara Rangseepromnakul, the deputy national police chief, and Maj-Gen Srisak Poonprasit, commander of the Burapha task force and Sakaew governor Pakaratorn Thienchai.

It was however reported that news about the raids were leaked out to some of the targeted influential criminal figures prompting them to be alerted in advance and to make good their escape or to remove the illegal items to safer places.

The raid of a house in Ta Phraya district which is owned by Kamnan Plai Munpuen, the raiding team managed to seize one handgun with four cartridges, five rifles with five cartridges, one electric saw and a walkie-talkie.

Kamnan Plai reportedly claimed that he inherited the firearms from his predecessor and he had no idea where they came from. However, he insisted that the guns had never been used for illegal purposes.

The authorities also found in the house a Cambodian migrant worker with a fake Thai ID card.

At the second location raided, two Cambodian illegal migrant workers were found.

Results of the other raids are not known.