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Phuket Aussie caught a second time with ya ice while out on bail

PHUKET: Australian man Mark Robert Coutelas, 53, was arrested again last night (June 11) on drugs charges, while out on bail for another crime.

By Eakkapop Thongtub

Thursday 12 June 2014, 12:26PM

In trouble again: Australian Mark Robert Coutelas, 53, arrested for a second time last night.

In trouble again: Australian Mark Robert Coutelas, 53, arrested for a second time last night.

Coutelas was arrested around 10pm after he was caught at the Green Mango apartment block in Patong with 2.94 grammes of crystal methamphetamine (ya ice).

Acting on a tip that Coutelas was selling drugs to teenagers and tourists in Patong, police visited his apartment. As they arrived, Coutelas was coming out of the apartment.

Seeing them arrive, he stepped back, attempting to close the door but officers showed their warrant cards. They then searched him, finding four bags of ya ice in the pocket of his shorts.

In addition to confiscating the drugs, they also seized his motorbike and B36,000 in cash. He was then taken into custody and charged with possession of a Category 1 drug. 

It is the second time the Australian has been arrested for possession of ya ice.

Earlier in the year on May 27, Coutelas was arrested after being found in possession of ya ice and a gun.

At the time, police visited the Green Mango apartment block on Nanai Rd in the early afternoon.

Not sure which apartment he lived in, they asked a Thai woman who was going into the building who she was going to visit. By lucky coincidence she said she was going to visit Coutelas.

Asking the owner of the block to accompany them as a witness, they went with the woman, “Jum”, to the apartment. She knocked on the door and called his name.

Police said that when Coutelas opened the door, his face registered shock when he saw the Narcotics Police ID held up to his face.

As police came into the apartment, Coutelas sat down and tried to negotiate, offering to tell police where his gun was in exchange for them not charging him with drug possession.

He then revealed that he was sitting on the gun, a 9mm Glock 17 pistol.

Police searched the room, finding 0.53 grams of ya ice, two pipes for smoking the drug, and 10 bullets for the Glock.

They also found two BB replica guns, a collection of gun magazines and hundreds of knives – Coutelas told police he was selling knives over the Internet.





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