Cops nab 14 in crackdown on foreign criminals

Detainees involved in 'dark side of tourism'

Three Russian men and one Moroccan national are detained in a crackdown on mafia-type foreigners led by the Immigration Police Bureau in Pattaya. FROM LEFT Moroccan national Amine Chanekar, Anton Filippov, Mikhail Kriventsov, and Aleksandr Danilov. Pawat Laopaisarntaksin

The Immigration Bureau rounded up 14 foreign nationals yesterday on various charges in a sweeping crackdown on suspected foreign criminals turning Chon Buri's Pattaya into a criminal hub.

The arrests of the suspects -- six from Russia, four from Uzbekistan, and one each from Ukraine, Belarus, Morocco and Iran -- were made as authorities were looking into complaints by residents and tourists that they were being extorted and threatened by foreigners.

Pol Lt Gen Nathathorn Prousoontorn, the bureau commissioner, said the suspects were not only working illegally, they were also allegedly involved in the "dark" side of the tourism industry ranging from the procurement of prostitutes to drug-dealing.

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