Excise Department seizes 2,000 bottles of smuggled liquor

July 19th, 2008 - 11:17 am ICT by Amrit Rashmisrisethi  

The Excise Department reports that officials found smuggled 2,000 bottles of liquor on the Buddhist Lent Day (July 19th). The Director-General of Excise Department, Mrs. Sirinuch Phisolyabutr (สิรินุช พิศลยบุตร), says the government’s energy tax cut can help prevent people from smuggling oil.

Mrs. Sirinuch says the contraband is worth around 2.6 million baht, adding that the fine for the offenders would worth another 1.6 million baht. She says the smuggled liquor was loaded in eight trucks from Samut Sakhon province to Bangkok, and the smugglers were captured in King Rama II Road.

In response to the reduction of smuggled oil along Thai-Malaysian border, Mrs. Sirinuch says oil from Malaysia was eight baht a liter lower than the oil sold in Thailand. She says after the government announced their three-baht subsidy of domestic oil price and Thai consumers are not allowed to fill up their gas tanks in Malaysia, the number of oil smuggling has decreased.

Source : National News Bureau, Public Relations Department of Thailand

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