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PHUKET: French tourist arrested in drug bust

PHUKET: French tourist arrested in drug bust

PHUKET: A French tourist was arrested yesterday (October 25) for possession of 313.09 grams of cocaine at his house in Baan Sabai Village, Kathu.


By Nattha Thepbamrung

Sunday 26 October 2014, 07:08PM


A French tourist was arrested yesterday (October 25) for possession of cocaine.

A French tourist was arrested yesterday (October 25) for possession of cocaine.

Police were called to the scene after receiving a call from the neighbours claiming they could hear a fight coming from inside the house.

Upon arrival, Thungtong police found the tourist, Jeremy Alexander Victor Pirad, 26, and three others; Maxim Ferrandez, 23, Sirinya Pidtaratae, 29, from Buriram province and Wikanda Ngamprasert, 24, from Uthaithani province.

Pol Maj Gen Patchara Boonyasit said, “We have to thank Thungtong police for acting smartly. Aside from marijuana, we also found 30 packs of cocaine hidden in the closet.”

According to police, when Mr Maxim saw the police he dropped his cigarette in shock. Mr Jeremy ran upstairs to his bedroom and attempted to conceal the drugs in the closet.

The three others were found smoking marijuana.

Mr Jeremy confessed that two Nigerian men were hiding the cocaine in the house and paid him B20,000.

However, he claimed that this was the first time he had done this.

“According to Mr Jeremy’s confession, we can only arrest one Nigerian man Oshi-Oma Declan, 30, and his wife Songsee Khamsee, 31, for the 20 grams of cocaine.

“They are also dealers, but we are still looking for another Nigerian man who personally dealt with Mr Jeremy.”

Pol Maj Gen insisted that police would continue to search for the other people involved.

“We believe that there is another group of drug dealers who are targeting tourists in Phuket. We will continue to look for them.”

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