12kg gold seized at Suvarnabhumi

A South Korean man has been arrested while attempting to smuggle 12 kilogrammes of gold worth 16 million baht out of Thailand, officials said.

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At Suvarnabumi airport on Tuesday, Park Sukman, 67, who had already been cleared for boarding a Thai Airways International flight TG656 to Seoul, was taken into custody after customs officials and police, acting on information, found the metal ingots in his luggage.

He was taken for a thorough search at the airport's customs office.

The officials found 12 one-kilogramme gold bars and a gem-like orange object in his luggage, with a combined value estimated at 16 million baht.

Mr Park was later charged with attempted smuggling.   

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