By The Nation
Police and troops Friday morning intercepted two pickup trucks on a Sa Kaew road and found 18 undocumented Cambodians hidden inside.
The two pickup drivers – Piya Sungyuenyong, 24, and Subin Khammootree, 35 – were arrested, along with the 18 Cambodians and were taken to Klong Luek police station for interrogation and legal action.
A team of joint forces from Sa Kaew Immigration Office, troops from the 12th Ranger Regiment, and officers from Klong Luek police station patrolled the main road along the border in Sa Kaew’s Khok Sung district and spotted the two pickups driving from the border.
The officials chased the trucks and caught up with them in Phu Nam Kliang village.
Seven men and two women were found in the pickup driven by Piya, and eight men and one woman in the vehicle driven by Subin.
The 18 Cambodians carried no travel documents.
The 18 Cambodians said they paid Bt2,000 each to a broker in Poipet who promised to arrange for their transport to Bangkok for a job. They sneaked across the border to wait for the two pickups.
The two Thais said they were paid Bt800 for each smuggled Cambodia to drive them to Bangkok.