NARATHIWAT: Excise officials raided a warehouse in Tak Bai district of this southern edge province on Saturday and seized a sizable quantity of untaxed cigs worth about 7 million baht.
Panupong Sriket, director of the Excise Office Region nine, said at a press conference on Sunday that the raid around the warehouse was jointly conducted by excise and customs authorities with support from police investigators in the Central Investigation Bureau following a tip that foreign cigarettes have been smuggled from overseas and stored presently there.
The authorities seized in the raid 351, 500 packets of more than 7 million cigs worth about 7 million baht.
An investigation has been underway to track down those involved in the smuggling.
Those discovered guilty of involvement will be liable to a fine of about 331 mil baht and about 22 million baht within unpaid taxes.