CHIANG RAI – Police in Mae Sai Chiang Rai have intercepted a fully automatic sub- machine gun that was shipped via parcel post from the Southern Province on Songkhla.
Police in Mae Sai said that after the Crime Suppression Division became concerned about the true identity of the sender, they seized the parcel and found a 9mm Uzi sub-machine gun inside.
The machine gun was allegedly shipped through Express Post to Joi Thanlar in Moo 5 village in Tambon Koh Chang in Mae Sai district. Chiang Rai police went to the address only to fine that house was deserted and no one had lived there for a long time.
The parcel sender was identified as Weth Wanphen who claimed his address as PP Tactics shop, which is owned by Burin Promchua, 38.
Mr. Burin filed a complaint with the Crime Suppression Division office in Songkhla after Post Officials called to inform him that the parcel could not be delivered because the recipient could not be contacted.
He told police that he was puzzled by the call, because he had not shipped any parcels to Chiang Rai.
The Crime Suppression Division office in Songkhla and the Chiang Rai police are continuing their investigation into the identity of the real shipper and the recipient.
The Uzi was one of the first weapons to use a telescoping bolt design which allows the magazine to be housed in the pistol grip for a shorter weapon. From the 1960s through the 1980s, more Uzi sub-machine guns were sold to more military, law enforcement and security markets than any other sub-machine gun ever made.