DSI targets Russian tour guides, illegal imports in Vitamax raid

Friday, 10 January 2014 From Issue Vol. XXII No. 2 By  Theerarak Suthathiwong

The Department of Special Investigations raided the Vitamax mall, seizing 100 million baht in illegally imported drugs, food supplements and cosmetics.

The task force, which also included the Chonburi Employment Department, also arrested 22 Russian tour guides and four Cambodians for allegedly working in the kingdom without work permits.

The Department of Special Investigations raid the Vitamax mall.The Department of Special Investigations raid the Vitamax mall.

The Dec. 23 raid at the Soi Bunkanjanaram 2 mall came after complaints from Thai travel agents that Russians were stealing their jobs as tour guides by working illegally for travel businesses set up under a Thai nominee.

DSI officials said they’d also received information that Vitamax contained numerous stalls selling items that were illegally imported and/or did not comply with Thai food, drug and cosmetics laws.

Vitamax Director Yosavaj Harnthanaprasert, 56, and General Manager Patanan Testhamwitid, 30, were arrested.

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