Four Cambodian nationals were caught being smuggled via pickup truck to the Chonburi area this morning according to Sa Kaeo law enforcement officials.
Col. Ekapong Krittaya Kiatchuti, the Commander of the 12th Rangers Regiment in Sa Kaeo reported the incident this morning. The incident took place at a road checkpoint in conjunction with the Royal Thai Army at the Nong Sang Intersection on Thanawithi Road in Sa Kaeo.
A grey Nissan pickup truck with Chonburi plates was stopped at the checkpoint and found to be driven by Mr. Ying Bo Rei, a Cambodian National. Mr. Ying had proper permission to be in Thailand but according to officers at the checkpoint was acting suspicious and was not able to answer questions on why he was in Sa Kaeo when he worked legally in Chonburi. On further inspection officials found four Cambodian nationals, three men and one woman, hiding in a compartment in the back of the truck.
All four had no proper identification and admitted they had entered Thailand illegally. Due to the Covid-19 pandemic situation illegal migration into Thailand has become a much more sensitive issue with checkpoints and increased law enforcement activity along the border regularly taking place.
The four illegal migrants will be tested for Covid-19 and then deported. Mr. Ying will face charges for smuggling illegal migrants into the country and officials stated his permission to be in the country will likely be revoked. Mr. Ying allegedly admitted to picking the group up in Sa Kaeo to bring to a construction job in Chonburi but claimed he did not know they were illegal migrants despite them hiding in the truck.