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Phuket: Alleged Coral Smuggler Arrested on Koh Pha Ngan

Police have detained a man who allegedly attempted to smuggle nearly two tons of coral from reefs around Koh Pha Ngan island.

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By Khaosod English

Tuesday 24 March 2015, 05:40PM


The pick-up truck full of coral found by police on Koh Pha Ngan.

The pick-up truck full of coral found by police on Koh Pha Ngan.

Local residents alerted volunteer police officers late Monday night (March 23) after they saw three men transporting bags from a boat to a pick-up truck.

When a group of police officers arrived at the site, the three men immediately fled the scene, police say.

The officers then inspected the pick-up truck and found at least 1,800 kilograms of corals stuffed into 60 sacks.

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Satit Khunwatcharakit, 55, later met with police and identified himself as the owner of the vehicle, but insisted that he had no knowledge of the smuggling. According to Satit, a man named "Kerd" was borrowing the pick-up truck at the time.

However, police detained Satit and charged him with possessing corals without permission. Corals are considered a protected animal under Thai laws and illegal possession is punishable by up one year in prison and a B20,000 fine.

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