South Koreans arrested for illegal call center, drugs

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Three South Koreans were arrested for allegedly operating a telephone-fraud call center in Pattaya.

Provincial police raided a third-floor apartment at Benjapan Mansion in central Pattaya Aug. 29, apprehending Jonggeun Kim, 43, Duri Kim, 30, and Kisoo Oh, 43.

Officers confiscated seven landline phones, three laptop computers, three Internet routers, three syringes and a quantity of crystal methamphetamine.

Kisoo was found to have entered Thailand illegally while Jonggeun and Duri had expired visas.

Police said the three confessed to running the call center to extort money from people in South Korea. They also claimed the ya ice was for personal use.

The trio initially was charged with immigration offenses while investigation continues.

Jonggeun Kim, Duri Kim, and Kisoo Oh (standing 2nd left to 3rd right) have been arrested on immigration offenses while police look into their operating a telephone-fraud call center in Pattaya.Jonggeun Kim, Duri Kim, and Kisoo Oh (standing 2nd left to 3rd right) have been arrested on immigration offenses while police look into their operating a telephone-fraud call center in Pattaya.