NARATHIWAT, Thailand -- Thai Customs foiled an attempt to smuggle in 51,000 packs of cigarettes in 200 boxes from Pengkalan Kubur, Kelantan on Tuesday.

Takbai Customs chief Siripong Wutta-tinan said the cigarettes, worth THB5 million (approximately RM625,000), were found hidden in a pick-up truck aboard a ferry bound for Takbai from Pengkalan Kubur.

"However, the vehicle driver managed to escape from the authorities," he told a media conference here yesterday in the presence of Takbai district police chief Col Phacharapon Na-nakorn and Narathiwat Task Force chief Col Ponsakorn Saengkul.

Meanwhile, Ponsakorn said the authorities were now closing in on the owner of the vehicle and investigating the syndicate behind the smuggling attempt.


By tladmin