Smuggled brand-name goods, onions seized in Mae Sot

Customs and security authorities on Sunday show brand-name goods and other smuggled items seized in Mae Sot district in Tak province. (Photo by Assawin Pinitwong)

TAK: Customs officials in Mae Sot district, with support from a local military unit, have seized about 3-million-baht worth of brand-name goods ordered on eBay and 1,156 kilogrammes of onions – all smuggled from Myanmar.

Wanlop Wuthapanich, head of the Mae Sot customs office, revealed on Sunday that the brand-name goods ordered on eBay were seized on July 12. They included wrist watches, cosmetics, wallets for men and women, smart phones, guitars, shoes, toys and clothes worth about 3 million baht.

The goods were smuggled across the Moei River from Myanmar to an area near Ban Wang Takhrai in tambon Tha Sai Luat in Mae Sot. By the time authorities arrived to search the area, the customs office chief said, the suspected smugglers had fled. Nobody was arrested.

The authorities also seized 34 sacks containingĀ  a total of 1,156kg of onions from a pick-up truck parked on the bank of the Moei River. Two suspects were arrested.

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