Banteay Meanchey provincial police busted a passenger bus stashing tonnes of products being smuggled into the country from Thailand without paying tax along National Road 5 in Mongkul Borey district Tuesday evening.
Chap Sopharith, chief of the provincial economic crimes bureau, said that authorities were tipped off about the bus carrying the goods and acted quickly to pull it over and inspect its load.
“After receiving the tip from our network, we stopped the bus which was hiding a batch of goods that are not yet taxed,” he said. “The goods came from Thailand.”
Mr Sopharith said customs officials are still documenting the goods and he has not yet compiled a full list of products or a total value of them.
“The goods included some shampoo and lemon juice, but there was more than that,” he said. “The bus and the goods are with customs to make a report and confirm if any tax was paid. If not, they will be obliged to pay fines according to the law.”
According to a National Police report, the bus belongs to the LTC bus company and the driver said that his job is to collect products in Poipet town and drop them in Phnom Penh.
The driver added that when he loads the goods on the bus, he is not privy to whether taxes have been paid or not.