Two Thai men were arrested in Chaiyaphum on Tuesday after police found 105 live pangolins hidden in two SUVs heading to the Lao border in Nong Khai.
Pramote Kerdlamool, 32, and Payao Supsinthu, 38, both from Samut Songkhram, were arrested at the Chong Sam Mor road checkpoint in Chaiyaphum’s Kon Sawan district at 10am.
The men were driving two Toyota Sport Rider vehicles, with one following the other.
The 105 pangolins, with a total weight of more than 1,000 kilograms, were found inside the vehicles.
The men said they bought the pangolins from Lad Lum Kaew and were heading to the border in Nong Khai’s Phon Phisai district. They planned to sell the animals in Laos, where they would have made a huge profit.