Pattaya Police Arrest 21 Burmese People without Passports and Visas

PHOTO: TMN Cable TV Pattaya

Pattaya —

Pattaya police raided two rental houses on Soi Kho Phai on Thursday and arrested 21 Burmese nationals who were living there illegally.

The raid was conducted by Pol Lt Col Weerachai Thinkhamut, Superintendent of the Immigration Police for Chonburi province, along with a team of investigators. The raid took place around noon on April 24th, 2024. It was carried out after police received complaints from residents in the area about the Burmese nationals making loud noise and being disruptive.

The two houses in question are situated close to each other. Police raided the premises and found 21 Burmese nationals (19 men and 2 women) who did not have any passports or visas.

Mr. Thiraphong Chonnabot, who rents a room next door to one of the raided houses, told local reporters that these people were often making noise and walking around all night long. He said that he was afraid of them and that he was glad that the police had raided the houses.

Mr. Somphoch Cheablam, the caretaker of the houses, said that he had been hired to look after the houses by the unidentified owner. He added that the owner lived in Chonburi and had recently purchased the houses.

The caretaker continued that there had been no tenants in the houses before the COVID-19 pandemic, but that he had recently rented them out to a group of Burmese nationals who had visas and passports. Mr. Somphoch charged them 2,000 baht per month, with a deposit of 1,000 baht. However, these people had then invited their friends, who did not have legal documents to stay in Thailand to move in. Mr. Somphoch admitted that he could not keep track of them all.

Pol Lt Col Weerachai said that the owner of the houses would be fined for failing to report the presence of foreign nationals to the police within 24 hours. These people will be sent to the Pattaya Police Station for further processing and will then be deported back to Myanmar.

PHOTO: TMN Cable TV Pattaya
PHOTO: TMN Cable TV Pattaya
PHOTO: TMN Cable TV Pattaya


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Aim Tanakorn
The local news translator at The Pattaya News. Aim is a twenty-four year old who currently lives in Bangkok. Interested in English translation, story-telling, and entrepreneurship, he believes that hard-working is an indispensable component of every success in this world.