10 foreigners held in big police sweep

WIDESPREAD raids by Tourist Police in coordination with other key units at 45 points in the metropolise netted 10 foreigners who were arrested on various charges, the Thai-language daily Matichon reported today (Feb. 1).

These raids are part of the police’s Black Eagle swoops which so far led to 145 person being arrested from 404 places checked.

Of the 10 foreigners arrested today 2 were held for illegal entry, 1 Nigerian and 1 Ghanaian; 6 were held for overstaying, 2 Indians, 2 Nigerians and 2 Ugandans; a Kenyan was held for working here without a permit; and a Ugandan held for possessing cocaine.

Maj. Gen. Surachet Hakphan, acting deputy chief of Tourist Police who led the raids supported by officers from Special Operations Division, Special Weapons and Tactics Unit, Metropolitan Police and Immigration Bureau as well as NSB Commando unit from Bureau of Narcotics, said it is the government’s policy to get tough with foreigners who come here as tourists and commit various crimes.

Their key criminal activities include operating black money networks, running romance scams, skimming with fake credit cards, selling fake diamonds and drug trafficking.

He added that these foreign criminals have developed complicated ways to dodge police.


Top: Some of the foreigners arrested in the latest police raids. Photo: Matichon