6 June 2024

Police from Thailand’s Cyber Crime Investigation Bureau (CCIB) have arrested three suspected unlicensed gun traders and seized two handguns, along with more than 30,000 rounds of ammunition of various calibres, in raids on three locations in Bangkok, Pathum Thani and Nakhon Si Thammarat provinces.

According to a CCIB source, the police launched an investigation in May after a company, named “Kotesiang V7”, offered unlicensed and home-made pistols and ammunition for sale via its Line group, which has about 300 members.

Masquerading as a buyer, a police officer ordered a handgun from the company and received it. The police traced the gun trading to the three suspects and proceeded to make the arrests.

The police source said that company has been in business for about two years and earned about 10 million baht in illegal sales of unlicensed guns and ammunition, mostly to customers aged from 15 to 20.