Kanchanaburi police have arrested a man after discovering 32 gold bars, each weighing half a kilogram, tucked under the driver’s seat of his pickup truck as it headed for the Myanmar border.
The 36 year old man, a local of Kanchanaburi’s Sangkhlaburi district, was stopped by police near the Thai-Myanmar border checkpoint in Nong Lu subdistrict before officers made the discovery. The gold bars were promptly confiscated as evidence.
Police reportedly said they had tracked down the suspect following an intelligence report about a smuggling network that was transporting gold bars to Myanmar without going through customs procedures.
The man was reported to have confessed that he was paid 6,000 THB by a woman who, he claimed, owns a gold shop in Payathonzu, a town in southern Myanmar’s Karen state.
He said she hired him to buy gold bars worth 28 million THB from a shop in Bangkok’s Yaowarat area and smuggle them across the border to her.