Thai authorities raid fruit warehouse used as hoarding storage for COVID-19 medical supplies

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BANGKOK, April 17 (Xinhua) -- Thai authorities have on Friday revealed that they have cracked down on a fruit warehouse used as storage for hoarded medical supplies estimated over 10 million baht (307,616 U.S. dollars).

In a tip-off operation on Friday, the Department of Special Investigation (DSI) found nearly 30,000 liters of rubbing alcohol and sanitizing gel and 1,048 personal protective equipment (PPE) gear inside the warehouse in Bangkok's nearby province of Pathumthani.

The DSI said the warehouse was used as a storage to conceal products deemed by the Ministry of Commerce as controlled products in light of the COVID-19 outbreak.

It also said that the fruit warehouse failed to report the costs and prices of the goods of the seized products as stipulated by the Ministry's Prices of Goods and Services Act BE2542.

Violation of the Prices of Goods and Services Act is punishable by up to seven years in prison or a 140,000 baht (4,306 U.S. dollars) fine, or both. Enditem

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