Myanmar woman arrested for laundering billions of baht for drug trafficking gangs

A 41-year-old Myanmar businesswoman was arrested as she showed up at the Narcotic Suppression Bureau to clarify her assets which were impounded by anti-money laundering officials yesterday (Nov 29).

The arrest followed three years long of monitoring and investigation of her money exchange business and her bank accounts which found billions of baht of money circulation in her bank accounts. Detectives found at least 50 million baht transactions daily from her accounts to members of drug trafficking gangs.

She was wanted for laundering money for drug trafficking gangs in and outside the country.

But the woman, whose name was withheld, denied the charge saying that she never engaged in drug trafficking and laundering money for traffickers.

Instead she claimed her daily money transactions was just 1-2 million baht.

Narcotic Suppression Bureau commissioner Pol Lt Gen Sommai Kongvisaisuk

Narcotic Suppression Bureau commissioner Pol Lt Gen Sommai Kongvisaisuk said she is among four suspects wanted for laundering money for drug traffickers.

They sent money back to major traffickers in Myanmar for over a decade involving over 10 billion baht.

The money was used to invest in hotel, jewelery, goldshop businesses both in Thailand and Myanmar.

He said narcotic suppression police are hunting fir the other suspects believed to be holed in Chiang Rai.