THE PAVILIONS PHUKET BRITISH INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL, PHUKET Kata Rocks
Login | Create Account Poll Currency Weather Facebook Youtube Search

Police nab UK ‘drug lord’

SURAT THANI: Police have arrested a British drug trafficking suspect wanted under a warrant in his home country for trafficking cocaine in Thailand.

drugscrimeimmigrationpolice
By Bangkok Post

Tuesday 9 May 2017, 09:00AM


Drug lord suspect Jonathan Michael Moorby, 45, fled England before his trial, which found him guilty in absentia of trafficking cocaine and amphetamines, including cocaine by the kilogram to Thailand.

Officers from Koh Samui police station and the Narcotics Suppression Bureau on Monday afternoon (May 8) took a speedboat from Koh Samui to nearby Koh Mudsum and arrested drug lord suspect Jonathan Michael Moorby, 45, who had fled to the smaller island.

Representatives of Interpol also joined the operation.

According to Surat Thani police chief, Pol Maj Gen Apichart Boonsriroj, police seized a fake passport held by Moorby identifying him as a Belgian citizen under the name Goossens Wouters.

Thai police were earlier contacted by UK authorities and Interpol to help track down Moorby who is wanted under a UK warrant for drug trafficking, said Maj Gen Apichart.

Teesside Crown Court confirmed a warrant for his arrest was issued in December 2014

According to their investigation, police discovered Moorby was staying on Koh Samui.

BIS Phuket

They received a tip-off that his son would travel to Thailand to pay him a visit, so police followed the son on Koh Samui and he led them to Moorby’s rented room at a hotel.

However, the son did not find Moorby at the hotel and police discovered the fugitive Briton had rented a boat to go to nearby Koh Mudsum. Police later arrested Moorby at a resort on the island.

Maj Gen Apichart said the Belgian passport belonging to Mr Wouters had been reported lost in Thailand. Moorby allegedly told police that he bought the passport from an underground network in the South for B1 million.

Police initially charged Moorby with illegal entry and using a fake passport.

 

Read original story here.

 

 

Comment on this story

* Please login to comment. If you do not have an account please register below by simply entering a username, password and email address. You can still leave your comment below at the same time.

Comments Here:
Comments Left:
# Characters
Username:
Password:
E-mail:
Security:

Be the first to comment.

Have a news tip-off? Click here

 

Phuket community
Phoenix finally risen from seabed

I wonder if anyone will learn from this: thai company with basic equipment = failure. Foreign compan...(Read More)


Tourist Police target rental operators over unlicensed tourists renting motorbikes

Gen Angkoon seems to think that Thais have harder heads or something as he says they're likely t...(Read More)


Ban on Loy Kratong lanterns near Phuket International Airport

Ban them kratongs everywhere! They cause environmental damage both on land and in the sea....(Read More)


Tourist Police target rental operators over unlicensed tourists renting motorbikes

Same coloured helmets, that will make revenue collection easier... but hey, think about hygiene, who...(Read More)


No passport required: Phuket Immigration confirms ‘passport on person’ not required despite ’Operation X-Ray Outlaw Foreigner’

There has never been any law in Thailand that says anyone needs to carry their passport. There IS a ...(Read More)


God is a DJ - A divine event at Dream Beach Club

I would never go into that place, a monstrosity of a building and blight on the beautiful Layan beac...(Read More)


Phuket van driver falls asleep at the wheel, slams into street lamp

I would also add that the Filipina was immediately drug and alcohol tested, her picture included in ...(Read More)


Thais arrested for charging ‘access fees’ to Freedom Beach

Paully, if stupid people want to pay 200B to enter a beach, that's their problem. Nothing wrong ...(Read More)


Phuket Marine Office urges water safety for Loy Krathong

Marine boat operators, don't worry, just hold your breath during 22 Nov only. '''Cap...(Read More)


Phuket officials unveil New Year ‘Seven Days’ road safety campaign strategy

Haha, the 2 times a year safety campaign as like people don't know to drive safe and sober! Str...(Read More)