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Lao woman with Bt30 million arrested at border

A 42-year-old Laotian was detained in border province of Mukdahan on Friday for allegedly trying to smuggle Bt30 million in cash out of the country.

The woman who was identified only as Matapon was stopped and her car searched at a checkpoint at ThaiLao Friendship Bridge II in the province. Police were acting on a tip-off about the money.

At first, she refused to be searched, claiming she would wait for her lawyer.

However her lawyer did not show up so the military team asked Mukdahan police to join the search. Finally the suspect, who remained seated in the car, agreed to the search and opened the door.

A total of Bt30 million in cash was discovered hidden under the front and back seats. The money still had bank tags attached. She admitted that the money belonged to her but refused to say the source. Police then charged her of trying to take out more than US$20,000 from the country without permission.


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