66 Myanmar Nationals Intercepted in Illegal Immigration Bust in Kanchanaburi


On March 20th, 2024, Thong Pha Phum police, Kanchanaburi immigration officers, and relevant agencies intercepted illegal foreign immigration smuggling to Thailand in Thong Pha Phum, Kanchanaburi. As a result, 66 individuals were captured and four vehicles were confiscated.

According to the police report, the patrol officers were performing their duty in the assigned area as normal when four suspicious pickup trucks were detected and were asked for inspection. However, the four drivers zoomed off in an attempt to flee the inspection.

The officers then followed them to a rubber plantation in Thong Pha Phum and found the four pickup trucks parked. Upon a further investigation, 66 Myanmar nationals were discovered hiding inside the four vehicles. The drivers were able to flee the officer’s pursuit.

The illegal immigrant workers reportedly admitted that they crossed the Thai border illegally through a natural channel to seek jobs in central Thailand.

Initially, the police escorted them to the Thong Pha Phum inquiry police for further legal processing.

Due to a recent mandatory conscription policy in Myanmar, which is embroiled in conflicts between the military junta and multiple groups, many Myanmar citizens are attempting to flee to Thailand through both legal and illegal means as we reported here.

Previously 35 Myanmar nationals were arrested in Kanchanaburi for illegal immigration smuggling last week.

Read a related story about the Thai authority’s inspection of illegal workers in commercial areas across Thailand.

This article originally appeared on our sister website The Pattaya News.

Kittisak Phalaharn
Kittisak has a passion for outgoings no matter how tough it will be, he will travel with an adventurous style. As for his interests in fantasy, detective genres in novels and sports science books are parts of his soul. He works for Pattaya News as the latest writer.