Guns, teak seized at Pai resort

Soldiers seized teakwood, firearms and wildlife at the Pai River Rock Resort of Charuwong Ruangsuwan, son of Pheu Thai Party leader and former interior minister Charupong Ruangsuwan, in the northern province of Mae Hong Son.

Col Amnat Srimak, unit commander of the 7th Infantry Regiment under the Naresuan Task Force, said they searched  the 30-rai (48,000-square-metre) resort hotel close to Pai airport and the Pai River in Ban Mae Khong village of Mae Na Toeng sub-district in Pai district.

Media reported Monday morning that soldiers found 774 planks, 719 slabs and 20 logs of teakwood, three shotgun frames, one 9mm pistol, 69 rounds of ammunition, a hand grenade, 11 knives and nine swords at the resort hotel. There were also many deer and jungle fowl.

Soldiers found a large pit behind the resort and assumed that a backhoe was used to dig it to hide the wood after the May 22 coup, but soldiers arrived at the property too soon.

It was reported Mr Charuwong is studying abroad and Mr Charupong is hiding in the Northeast.

Soldiers arrested Thongbai Khampai, the 32-year-old resort supervisor, and pressed charges of violations of the forest and wildlife acts, illegal possession of war weapons, and also encroachment on the Pai River.

The teakwood was believed to be felled illegally in Pai and Pang Ma Pha districts and processed at the resort hotel.

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