Seven Malaysians detained for attempting to smuggle firecrackers out of Thailand

SONGKHLA: Seven Malaysian men were arrested by Thai authorities for attempting to smuggle 107 boxes of fireworks and firecrackers into Malaysia.

Head of Sadao District Office Bunpark Raknui said the Malaysian men, aged between 19 and 64, were detained yesterday in the forest reserve of Khao Nam Kang in, Sadao, bordering Malaysian and Thailand.

He said the arrest was made in an on-going operation by the Thai authorities against smuggling and human trafficking.

The Thai authorities also seized five four-wheel drive vehicles from them and a wood cutting machine," he told reporters here.

He said the seven Malaysians, currently detained at the Sadao police station, would face four charges, including for attempting to smuggle the firecrackers and fireworks, as well as unlawful possession of the items.

They would also be charged with entering Thailand without valid travel documents and for illegal felling of trees, he added. — Bernama