Nigerian, Australians arrested in Thai drug bust

Nigerian, Australians arrested in Thai drug bust


A Nigerian, Chimezie Stanley Duru, 38, and two Australians aged 46 and 58 were among those arrested during a police drug sting in Thailand Thursday.

The operation led to the seizure of 1.2 kilograms of crystal methamphetamine, also called ice , guns and a car. The meth was packed in clear plastic bags.

Also arrested were two Thais – Jiraporn Kiatsutthachit, 35, and Wirapha Ungsri, 34.

The arrests were made after heavily armed officers swarmed over a high metal gate of a home in the beachside resort city of Pattaya, about 100km southeast of the capital Bangkok, about 5.30pm on Thursday.

Thai police said at a press conference they were pursuing a network of drug dealers from the Hells Angels outlaw motorcycle gang suspected of selling drugs to foreign tourists, local media reported.

Police said they also seized ice-taking devices and guns including a Smith & Wesson revolver.

They also found six mobile phones, 12 debit cards spanning seven bank accounts, bank books, transfer slips, 12 cash tablets and a gray Toyota Vios sedan, local media reported.

Thai police said the arrests were a significant move against a global drug cartel.

At the press conference yesterday, Thai police posed with a display poster picturing those arrested that mentioned the Hells Angels and Comanchero outlaw motorcycle gangs. 

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