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Highway 12 Arrest: Police Seize 2,000 SIM Cards from Chinese Nationals in Tak

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Police check seized SIM cards after an arrest in Tak province

TAK – On a crisp Monday morning along the bustling Highway 12 (Sukhothai-Tak), highway police officers found themselves embroiled in an unexpected escapade. Three Chinese nationals and a Thai man found their journey come to an abrupt halt when officers flagged down their silver Toyota Altis for a routine check in tambon Nam Ruem, Muang district.

Commanding the operation, Highway Police Commander Pol Maj Gen Kongkrit Lertsitthikul revealed the identities of those involved. The Thai driver was 53-year-old Narong Sunanta, while the Chinese passengers were identified as Hai Yang, 25, Zhen Yong Liang, 31, and Lin Zhen, 31.

As the officers scrutinized the vehicle, they uncovered a stash of about 2,000 pristine SIM cards and five mobile phones, sparking suspicions that this eclectic group might be deeply embedded in a call scam racket. The absence of ID documents heightened the officers’ curiosity, leading to their immediate detention for further probings, as confirmed by Pol Maj Gen Kongkrit.

In a bid to clarify their peculiar voyage, Mr. Narong divulged that he had collected the Chinese individuals from a hotel in Sukhothai province. Their destination? Mae Sot district, nestled in Tak. Mr. Narong didn’t mince words, confessing that he had chauffeured Chinese nationals to this border district on numerous occasions, pocketing a modest 3,000 baht per trip.

The three Chinese men painted a slightly different picture. They recounted their travels, beginning with an entry from Cambodia, followed by a stay in a hotel near the bustling Suvarnabhumi airport, all before setting their sights on Tak. Their plans, they claimed, included switching vehicles in Mae Sot to make their way into Myanmar.

Now, about those mysterious SIM cards. The trio insisted that they didn’t belong to them, but to a friend. Pol Maj Gen Kongkrit has promised to leave no stone unturned in this curious case. The investigation, surely, will unravel more intricate details.

The scenic Highway 12 may have returned to its usual rhythm, but the story of this arrest has definitely left onlookers intrigued. What other secrets lay hidden in the digital labyrinth of SIM cards and mobile phones? Only time will tell.


  1. JohnSmith June 10, 2024

    Why on earth would anyone need 2,000 SIM cards? Sounds like something fishy is definitely going on.

    • Anna L. June 10, 2024

      Probably for some sort of fraud scheme. These people are up to no good.

      • Theo June 10, 2024

        Could be something more innocent like a business venture gone wrong. Let’s not jump to conclusions too quickly.

    • Alex June 10, 2024

      I read a while back about SIM card farming for mass messaging and fake social media accounts. Might be something like that. Thoughts?

      • JohnSmith June 10, 2024

        True, but still seems shady as heck.

      • BigJoe June 10, 2024

        We shouldn’t assume guilt right away. Everyone deserves a fair investigation.

        • SmartAleck June 10, 2024

          Come on Joe, 2,000 SIM cards scream criminal intent. No sane person carries that many for legit reasons.

  2. Karen45 June 10, 2024

    I’m just glad the police caught them before they could do any harm with those SIM cards.

  3. Derek H. June 10, 2024

    Is it just me or does this seem like an overreaction by the cops? They could just be tourists, albeit with a lot of SIM cards.

    • Mia June 10, 2024

      Tourists? Really Derek, with 2,000 SIM cards? That’s definitely suspicious.

    • Joey June 10, 2024

      Yeah, I’m with Mia on this one. Pretty hard to argue they’re tourists with that many SIM cards.

  4. Selena G June 10, 2024

    I think there’s more to this story. Why target Chinese nationals specifically? Seems like racial profiling could be at play here.

    • Liam P. June 10, 2024

      Racial profiling or not, the sheer number of SIM cards warrants suspicion. Let’s wait for the investigation results.

  5. GeekyGuy June 10, 2024

    The real question is: What type of scams can be perpetrated using so many SIM cards simultaneously?

  6. LoveTech June 10, 2024

    I’ve seen this in other countries. Could be part of a sophisticated multi-level scam operation. These SIM cards can be used for mass advertisement fraud, fake social media profiles, etc.

    • Skeptical Sam June 10, 2024

      You’re giving them too much credit. How ‘sophisticated’ can it really be?

  7. Leo T. June 10, 2024

    Considering the trend of international fraud, this doesn’t surprise me. The digital age has enabled all kinds of new crimes.

    • DigitalSue June 10, 2024

      Exactly. It’s a different world now. Crime has evolved and so has law enforcement.

  8. markov June 10, 2024

    Well, if it walks like a duck and quacks like a duck…

    • RealistRick June 10, 2024

      It’s probably a duck. Agreed. Too many signs pointing to something illegal here.

  9. Clara B. June 10, 2024

    Hope they do a thorough investigation and get to the bottom of this. Too many scams these days.

    • Pat June 10, 2024

      Unfortunately, that’s the world we live in. A lot of people looking for quick cash.

  10. simon12 June 10, 2024

    We need to improve our border controls. It’s shocking that they could even get here with so many SIM cards.

  11. Monique June 10, 2024

    The driver’s story doesn’t add up either. He’s definitely been doing this for a while.

    • Steve June 10, 2024

      Totally fishy. His confession might be just the tip of the iceberg.

  12. Observerx June 10, 2024

    Interesting how they mentioned changing vehicles in Mae Sot. Might be a larger smuggling network.

    • ali June 10, 2024

      That’s exactly what I thought. Networks like these are often international.

  13. Jess June 10, 2024

    These stories make me worry about the future of digital communication. Who knew SIM cards could be so dangerous?

    • Tommy June 10, 2024

      Welcome to the 21st century. Everything digital can be a weapon.

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