Thais, Chinese arrested for selling weapons using Internet


BANGKOK, June 10 —  Thai police arrested two Chinese men for selling weapons following the discovery of machine guns and other military weapons in Thailand’s eastern province of Chon Buri last week.

Pol Gen Watcharaphon Prasanratchakit, acting chief of the Royal Thai Police said today that the cache of illegal weapons discovered on June 3 in Nong Ree subdistrict in Chon Buri’s provincial seat, belonged to two Chinese men already arrested by immigration police on June 2.

The weapons consisted of shotguns, rifles, M79 grenades and various calibers.

The police continuing investigation and captured three men, one Thai and one Chinese in the northern province of Phitsanolok and a Thai man in the northeastern province of Ubon Ratchathani. The Thai men sold weapons to the Chinese men who later sold them to their clients in China online.

According to Gen Watcharaphon, the weapons selling gang, most of whom are Chinese and Thais, have been hiding in Thailand for over a year.

The senior police officer said most of the weapons were licensed but some have smuggled across Thailand’s borders. He said they are not associated with politics.