Cops nab 58 illegals bound for the capital

Fifty-eight illegal job-seekers from Laos were caught on the banks of the Mekong River in Khong Chiam district as they were preparing to travel to Bangkok yesterday.

Capt Nathawat Wichakul, commander of Ubon Ratchathani’s Mekong Riverine Unit (MRU), said a combined security force intercepted a white Toyota van shortly after it left Khong Chiam Marina Resort on Phrom Singto Road, beside the Mekong River.

There were 27 Lao nationals in the van, who had crossed illegally into Thailand, he said.

The driver, Pornthep Chansen, 54, said he was paid 3,000 baht to take his passengers to downtown Ubon Ratchathani, from where they would leave for Bangkok.

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