Some 35 luxurious automobiles, value about 2,400,000 kilos, or 100 million baht, had been smuggled from the UK to Thailand by way of Singapore final 12 months. The Division of Particular Investigation (DSI) of Thailand introduced yesterday that 26 of the luxurious automobiles have been seized whereas the opposite 9 haven’t been handed over by homeowners to the authorities.
The Director of the DSI, Traiyarit Taemahiwong, reported to the Thai media yesterday that the UK’s Nationwide Car Crime Intelligence Service, and London police had been investigating the smugglers underneath the undertaking title Operation Titanium from 2018 to 2019.
Among the many smuggled automobiles are a Lamborghini Huracan EVO Spyder, Ferrari, BMW M4, Mercedes-Benz AMG, Nissan GT-R, Porsche Cayenne, Land Rover Vary Rover Sport, MINI Cooper, Ford Mustang, Lexus, Audi Q7, Volkswagen, and Honda Civic Sort R.
The 2 UK departments contacted Thailand and invited them into the investigation course of as a result of the smuggled automobiles had been discovered on sale in Thailand.
The Deputy Director of the DSI, Payao Thongsen, revealed the luxurious automobiles had been delivered by air from London Heathrow Worldwide Airport to Singapore utilizing faux documentation. The automobiles had been then transferred to Thailand by ship.
Payao stated seven automobiles had been seized from a automobile showroom, STT. Auto Automotive within the Huay Kwang district of Bangkok on March 18, 2018, whereas seven different automobiles had been nabbed at a Free Commerce Zone of the Customs Act on September 10, 2018, after they had been despatched from an English automobile firm.
The remainder of the automobiles had been seized from Thai homeowners who purchased them from automobile showrooms in Thailand. The remaining 9 automobiles are owned by Thai people who find themselves refusing at hand them over to officers.
The Justice Minister, Somsak Thepsuthin, joined the press convention yesterday and underlined there was no delay within the investigation. The UK requested Thailand to analyze the smuggled automobiles underneath the Mutual Authorized Help Treaty in 2018 however the Thai authorities solely managed to safe particulars on all the lacking automobiles on September 13, 2021.
Somsak revealed that illegally imported automobiles can fetch thrice the usual charge and that’s the reason some automobile showrooms smuggled the autos.
Somsak additionally warned the homeowners who haven’t returned their smuggled automobiles to take them to the DSI or face prosecution.
SOURCE: Khaosod | Thairath