Laos inquires more information on 98-million baht cash seizure in Nong Khai

Laos yesterday (Dec 13) sent two official representatives to Nong Khai to inquire more information from Thai authorities over the arrest of two Laotians trying to smuggle Thai currencies worth 98 million baht out of the country.

The two Laotian officers Maj Ancherry Pontarangse, chief of Laos Immigration Office and Capt Suwannee Thammarat met Nong Khai immigration Office chief Nimit Sangamphai yesterday.

The two officers just inquired information on the seizure but didn't insist to meet the two Laotian people who said to be doing money exchange business in Laos.

However they confirmed the two brothers are in the money exchange business in Vientiane.

Both were explained by Thai authorities that the two brothers brought US dollars from Laos to exchange for Thai baht in preparation for high season when tourists will travel across the border from Laos to Thailand during the New Year festival. But they didn't declare, which is tantamount to smuggle and is a criminal offence.

According to immigration officials, the huge bundles of cash were withdrawn from four banks, Krungthai, Bangkok Bank, Kasikorn and TMB.

Latest report said immigration officials have now deposited all the cash with Krungthai bank

Source: Thai Public Broadcasting Service (Thai PBS)