Elephant poachers who bribe officials to obtain illegal domestic registration papers for the animals have been targeted by the authorities.
The registration documents make it easier for poachers to sell the animals to entertainment business operators and other parties.
The issue of 69 documents to certify domesticated elephants in Chaiyaphum in the past three years has highlighted the increased poaching of wild elephants.
Police who have been pursuing elephant poachers recently discovered domesticated elephant authentication papers issued in Chaiyaphum.
The papers are not usually easy to obtain - for 69 of them to have been issued in the past three years is unusual, police said.
Pol Maj Gen Siwara Rangsipharammanakun, deputy chief of the Central Investigation Bureau, said two men, Surat Toemsak and Prasong Butchaiyaphum, applied for and received the 69 papers.
However, police found they were part of a gang which poached wild elephants and lied to state officials that the elephants were domesticated in order to obtain the papers. More....