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Arrested Tourist Police Volunteer Halpin still awaiting court date for ya ice

Arrested Tourist Police Volunteer Halpin still awaiting court date for ya ice

PHUKET: Former Tourist Police Volunteer, New Zealander Garry Halpin, is still in a cell in Chalong Police Station – the station he used to work from – awaiting trial on a charge of dealing in drugs. No trial date has yet been set.

By Anthika Muangrod

Thursday 17 April 2014, 12:05PM

Garry Halpin.

Garry Halpin.

Halpin has denied dealing drugs, admitting only to possession.

Pol Capt Jamrun Plaiduang said, “We are prosecuting him as a drug dealer. We forwarded the case to the court long ago.

“No matter how much he denies it, nothing is going to work because we caught him with drugs. He can’t really escape from our hands.”

Although Halpin has denied the dealing charge, Capt Jamrun explained that the law stipulates the amounts that define the difference between drug user and drug dealer.

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“The line between being a user and a dealer is [that the be regarded as a user] you must not have more than 15 pills of methamphetamine or 375 milligrams of pure crystal methamphetamine [ya ice]. If you have more than those amounts you are by legal definition a dealer.”

Halpin was caught in possession of 18.45 grams of ya ice, a digital scale and other drug-related equipment including a makeshift pipe for smoking ice. He was arrested in December 2013.

“Right now he is still in the cells in Chalong no one has tried to bail him out yet. [Bail] would be many hundred of thousands of baht. Is he going to bail himself out? I don’t think so.”

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