Oil tanker truck driver arrested in Tak


TAK, 19 June 2014 – Tak Provincial Police have arrested a man driving an oil tanker truck that was making its way to the Mae Sot-Myawaddy border crossing at the Huay Ya-U checkpoint within the province.

Pol. Maj. Gen. Tosak Sa-adpak, the Deputy Commissioner of the Provincial Police Region 6, has deployed a team of police at the border area to stop smuggling of oil out of the country.

At the scene, police found a 20-wheeler Hino truck attached with another oil tanker truck storing at least 40,000 litres of gasoline. They also found hydrocarbon solvent valued at 936,000 baht. Parts of the tanker truck’s seals have been cut, which indicated that some oil has been taken out without permission.

Meanwhile, the truck driver, Mr. Prayoon Wongpinit, confessed that both trucks belonged to a private company hired to deliver the oil to the Thai-Myanmar border. He admitted that he had stolen at least 681 liters of oil from the truck and sold it at a price of 10,500 baht to pay for his personal expenses.