By Mohd Haikal Mohd Isa
BANGKOK, Thailand March 20 (NNN-Bernama) -- Thai Immigration police stepped up their fight against foreigners involved in crime in the country, with the arrest of 14 men of different nationalities in Pattaya recently.
Its head, Lt Gen Nattathorn Prousoonton said the arrested foreigners mcomprised six Russians, four Uzbeks, a Ukrainian, a Belarussian, a Moroccan and an Iranian.
He declined to disclose when the foreign men were arrested, but said all the suspects were accused of involvement with mafia syndicates and other illegal activities.
"Four of the Russians arrested are suspected of involvement in drugs and illegal financial-related activities. They also carried notices from Interpol and the Russian authority," he told the media, here, today.
According to Nattatorn, Thai Immigration police and other agencies constantly monitored foreigners entering Thailand to ensure they did not indulge in any illegal activities which harmed the country.
Among the illegal activities the 14 foreign suspects were accused of, he said, were acting as agents for Eastern European women prostitution ring in Thailand and masterminding illegal car rental services.
"They were also involved in drug and other illegal activities involving the restaurant and entertainment business," he said.
After the crackdown in Pattaya, Nattatorn said, the Immigration police and other enforcement agencies would turn their attention to Phuket, another destination popular with tourists and foreigners.
On another note, he said there were 139 North Korean illegal immigrants currently detained at the Immigration Detention Centre in Bangkok, out of the total 914 detainees from 71 countries. -- NNN-BERNAMA