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A 37 year old Egyptian is now in custody following his arrest over alleged “mafia ties” and “running a protection racket” in Bangkok. Police further alleged his dealings in illicit drugs and alleged ties to a foreign mafia gangs. He was also found to have overstayed his visa.

Police say that the gang involved collected money from foreigners, mostly Middle Eastern, in exchange for “protection”. The group made claims to their ‘customers’ that they would provide safety to foreigners against criminals the police weren’t able to catch or people under their protection. The gangs claimed to have strong links to police and officials. The gangs were also selling illicit drugs around Bangkok’s entertainment venues.

Foreigners paid monthly and those who refused faced threats. Some had been harmed by the foreign gang.

When police checked the man’s visa history they found he had overstayed his Thailand by1,772 days. During questioning he admitted that he had been arrested for selling crystal methamphetamine in 2017 and awaiting prosecution.

Police are continuing the investigation in the case to find others connected to the man, named as ‘Mohamed’.

In a similar case a 24 year old from Jordan named ‘Ali’ was also offering the same ‘protection’ services to Middle East people who had been staying in Thailand illegally. He was deported for overstaying his visa.

SOURCE: Chiang Rai Times

 

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24 Comments

24 Comments

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    Steve

    Saturday, December 19, 2020 at 12:39 pm

    Selling meth in 2017 and still awaiting prosecution!

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      J West

      Saturday, December 19, 2020 at 1:03 pm

      Strange that he hadn’t already been deported…. Who knows why the thug hasn’t yet seen his day in court, but authorities must review their practices to make sure that corruption isn’t allowing dangerous criminals to avoid legal consequence.

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        Rasputin

        Saturday, December 19, 2020 at 2:42 pm

        In Bangkok, a few years ago, the ‘Boiler Room Boys’ got away with it for years by handing over suitcases full of cash to ‘you know who’ That is until one of them met with a ‘Suspicious End’ in Chiang Mai. Have you ever wondered how go-gos, massage establishments, brothels, and gentlemen’s clubs full of trafficked women from the former Soviet block, manage to operate in Pattaya, Bangkok, and Phuket etc unchallenged? You don’t need much of an IQ to work it out do you?

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          Issan John

          Sunday, December 20, 2020 at 2:07 pm

          I’m not so sure if those in the bars in Pattaya are “trafficked” as those I met (not at their place of work) seemed perfectly happy to be there, but they weren’t just “unchallenged” but their bars were even advertising it all over cable TV and that was a couple of decades ago!

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            clfeige

            Tuesday, December 22, 2020 at 3:06 pm

            the fact that a person is happy does not diminish the fact that it’s human trafficking.

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          James Pate

          Monday, December 21, 2020 at 6:27 am

          Yeah, at least 3 of those boiler rooms were in the same office building as me about 10-12 years ago, maybe longer, but it’s been more than a few years. Smiling police officers going in and out often. I guess they were on official business.

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    Ynwaps

    Saturday, December 19, 2020 at 1:04 pm

    Their monthly subscription model clearly didn’t work out.

    But we mainly have to blame Thailand here, forcing third class foreigners into difficult choice.

    Either way good photo-op, as always.

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      Issan John

      Saturday, December 19, 2020 at 2:04 pm

      Yup, must be Thailand’s fault!

      He’s overstayed by 5 years, he was arrested 3 years ago for selling crystal meth, and he’s still here on the loose!

      That’s definitely someone’s fault!

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        Toby Andrews

        Saturday, December 19, 2020 at 10:49 pm

        Thai police fault. right John?

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        Ynwaps

        Sunday, December 20, 2020 at 10:09 am

        I’m talking about his victims, not the guy they caught. Why would anyone pay protection money instead of going straight to the police?

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          Issan John

          Sunday, December 20, 2020 at 2:00 pm

          Hardly complicated, Ynwaps.

          If you don’t trust the police, you pay protection money instead.

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    Ernie

    Saturday, December 19, 2020 at 1:44 pm

    When in Rome/Thailand, do as the Romans/Thais do

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    Joel kevin

    Saturday, December 19, 2020 at 2:17 pm

    Honest police catch another crook. No complaints here.
    Cheaper to let him swim home.

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    Toby Andrews

    Saturday, December 19, 2020 at 2:38 pm

    Offering protection is no worse than a security firm guarding a factory, or bouncers on a club doorway.
    Of course selling drugs is wrong.
    However criminals cannot stop themselves. They might have just robbed a bank, but on the way home they dodge the bus fare. And then they do not take their library book on time.
    A bit like Thais with their addiction to scamming . .

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    Matthews

    Saturday, December 19, 2020 at 3:37 pm

    It is like this here, I have seen a lot of people from middle East, Pakistan and India. Who pay monthly for their protection from police and those mafias have really strong connection with police. A lot of Indian you can see around Bangkok selling peanuts ?. All of them are overstayed and they money to Thai police. This is how it works in This country.

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      Ynwaps

      Sunday, December 20, 2020 at 10:13 am

      Well according to John, it’s the peanut sellers fault for overstaying. Refund the police ?

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        Issan John

        Sunday, December 20, 2020 at 2:09 pm

        I think you’ve got your wires crossed somewhat there, Ynwaps.

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    Mark

    Saturday, December 19, 2020 at 3:40 pm

    What a joke! 1772 days overstay.police knew about about for drugs offences, Running a protection racket .. comical RTP

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    Perceville Smithers

    Saturday, December 19, 2020 at 6:12 pm

    This article and several others seem like repeats/reruns from earlier this year this summer.

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    Michael Hunter

    Saturday, December 19, 2020 at 8:17 pm

    “Protection Racket”… Is that an electronic bug zapper swatter?

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    James Pate

    Saturday, December 19, 2020 at 9:51 pm

    Dude finally stepped on the wrong toes. That’s all there is to it.

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    Leo Z

    Saturday, December 19, 2020 at 11:27 pm

    Arrested one who previously “had been arrested for selling crystal methamphetamine in 2017 and awaiting prosecution” + overstayed visa for 5 years = photo op for 5 officers.

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      Ynwaps

      Sunday, December 20, 2020 at 10:15 am

      The 90 day reports are clearly working, to collect fines from foreigners

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    EdwardV

    Sunday, December 20, 2020 at 5:35 am

    Good thing he didn’t write a negative hotel review otherwise his criminal career would have ended much sooner. Absolutely amazing he was arrested back in 2017 for selling meth and was still running around. Makes you think and none of it good.

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