Two truck drivers were arrested for smuggling pig carcasses and pork pieces into a Naklua market.
Chaiya Kokaun, 36, and Suksan Boonprom, 25, were taken into custody in separate arrests by livestock and Banglamung security officers at the Amorn Market early Feb. 1. Both were charged with transporting carcasses into a disease-free zone without a license. They face up to two years in jail and fines of up to 40,000 baht.
Poj Sichanugriot of the Chonburi Provincial Livestock Office said authorities were tipped off to the illegal imports of pigs and pork pieces from Nakhon Pathom before Chinese New Year, a major buying season for raw pork.
Naklua and Pattaya are classified as disease-free zones and all meat and carcasses brought into the area must pass inspection and transporters must have a license to do so.
Chaiya’s documents said the two metric tons of carcasses loaded into the back of his Toyota Vigo were destined for Chachoengsao. Suksan, driving an Eig Fresh Pork Isuzu pickup modified with a cold-storage locker in the bed, had no documentation at all for his 2,000 kilograms of pork.