Contractor nabbed over illegal dumping after citizens complain
The police caught a 40-year-old contractor called Weerachai (last name withheld) on Thursday in Bangkoks Phasi Charoen district for allegedly allowing trucks to illegally dump waste and building material in an upmarket housing project for a price.
Citizens reported to the police that there was illegal dumping going on in the area, leading to air pollution.
A police investigation found the area is a housing development project with homes priced at more than 10 million baht. There were piles of solid waste, tree branches and building materials on the site.
The police quietly observed the area and found ten trucks going in and out of the area. Some 30 to 40 trucks were seen to make trips into the project per day.
They also discovered that Weerachai allegedly demanded money from the truck drivers to dump the garbage there.
Weerachai reportedly told police he was the contractor who was responsible for the landfill at the housing project.
He admitted that he allegedly demanded 60 to 300 baht from each truck to dump their garbage in the area, and then rented a backhoe for 6,000 baht per day to cover the garbage.
Weerachai claimed he earned around 100,000 baht per month.
He was charged with violating the Public Health Act and the Land Excavation and Land Filling Act.
He was taken to the Natural Resources and Environmental Crime Division for legal action.
The Central Investigation Bureau advised residents who are interested in buying or investing in a house to carefully check the project from the construction phase.