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Immigration police arrest Frenchman on drug charges, 3 other foreigners for overstay

Tanutam Thawan



Immigration police arrested a French man who was allegedly involved in a crime network who allegedly smuggled cannabis, and arrested 3 other foreigners on overstay charges. Police say the crime network sold cannabis to foreigners living in tourist cities in Thailand.

Officers say they suspect there are more people involved in the alleged smuggling operation on the Eastern seaboard, which includes Chon Buri and Rayong. Police are now launching an investigation.

Police were tipped off earlier this year about an alleged French gang selling cannabis to tourists. Apparently, the drug suspects would rent rooms to store the cannabis and frequently change locations. Foreigners had rented a room off a soi in Bangkok, but the manager noticed they were acting suspicious. No one appeared to actually be living in the room and people would stop by the room for less than an hour, the manager told police.

Police arrested a man who was stopping by the room. Officers say the 28 year old, identified as Samy, had a suitcase filled with dried cannabis and scales. He faces charges for possession and distribution of a Category 5 narcotic.

The police went to the man’s apartment in the Charoen Nakhon area and arrested 2 French nationals, ages 27 and 28, and a 29 year old woman from the UK for overstaying their visas. Police say they had thrown cannabis and smoking equipment out the window before officers entered the room.

SOURCE: Thai Visa


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    Thursday, April 8, 2021 at 3:15 pm

    Surely they missunderstood Anutin’s policy about the famous happy plant

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    toby andrews

    Thursday, April 8, 2021 at 4:39 pm

    The arresting officers were unable to answer journalists’ questions due to uncontrolled giggling.

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    Thursday, April 8, 2021 at 6:50 pm

    ok French passport, Born or not in France with French education ? This French passsport mention in news, spoiling the reputation of all of us French farangs expats. lock them up !!! why dont the news say only farangs like the health minister mentioning most time, I prefered good farangs in, bad farangs out !! Seen at immigration sometimes ago !!! Correct move…

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    James R

    Thursday, April 8, 2021 at 8:03 pm

    Wow, what sort of prison term do cannabis drug dealers get in Thailand?

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    Roger Bruce

    Thursday, April 8, 2021 at 8:24 pm

    look at the poster on the wall for a few little weak arrests JUST HYPE FOR PUBLICITY
    Drug ring ..drug gangs …what a load of codswallop
    WANT gangs go to any province or city in Thailand those crime syndicates are Gangs 100,s of members making millions of baht a week
    And paying Police big bucks to stay in business
    You are a joke Thailand …The police are just a corrupt lot of fools (not all I admit) trying their best to show that they are doing something

    Good LUck Thailand

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    Thursday, April 8, 2021 at 11:47 pm

    Wow, fantastic work, truly life saving efforts. *round of applause*

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    Friday, April 9, 2021 at 6:09 am

    Francais de papier…..un bledard de merde !

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    Dr. GT

    Friday, April 9, 2021 at 7:05 am

    Was it good cannabis, or the usual compressed Burmese Thai crap?

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    Friday, April 9, 2021 at 9:37 am

    Most of the Europeans and Americans come here to commit crimes while hiding behind a legit business, that’s what most do here , now they blame police for doing their job lol lol.

    • Thaiger


      Friday, April 9, 2021 at 10:46 am

      Most? Really? Maybe you should provide some evidence for that outrageous statement.

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    Friday, April 9, 2021 at 10:54 am

    Once again, these “French” are not native French. They got a French passport and put France to shame wherever they are. I hope that the Thai justice will reserve them a very long stay in prison, without the possibility of extradition.
    As a French I apologize to Thailand. Remember that these “French” are not representative of what France is.

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    Friday, April 9, 2021 at 7:55 pm

    Most?? So, including you, perhaps?

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    James R

    Friday, April 9, 2021 at 10:04 pm


    You mean the 10 million Europeans and Americans who visit Thailand each year are selling drugs etc , whhhaaaaa, so stupid ?

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    Saturday, April 10, 2021 at 12:39 am

    @Lou, shut-up and accept the fact they are bonafide French! Even your past President Sarkozy is now a convicted criminal! Convicted by a French court, so stop whingeing and accept the fact there were/are/will be French criminals even in Thailand you hypocrite!!

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    Saturday, April 10, 2021 at 3:16 am

    Racism is criminal offense. He got french passport he’s french. These guys are already in ban kwang for long time if they dont have the money for pay the bail. They aren’t representative of what is France si can you tell me what is France?? Good expats you think you buy 1 condo 25000euros you good expats with racist spirit in the land of smile acting like rich men with 1000euros pension?? Thaï poeple laughing on you stupid poeple racist poeple are not good expats. I got french passport born in France and my name is karim my son born in thaï he got french passport and my wife is thaï we live in Paris where i got 3 appartments and 5 property 7raï in thailand. And im not expat because im a lawyer in France but France is multicultural country and thailand as well. If you dont understand this just go home, dont stay thailand you will never adapt yourself anywhere with racist spirits. You think you good expat but you dont understand nothing about thailand and you dont know nothing about thailand, my wife is lawyer in thaï and believe me these guys are in very big troubles for long time if they dont have some money for go out. Dont need racist comment your origin dont make good or bad falang your bank account does. These guys did something wrong and they gonna pay for that. Stop racist comments it is a CRIMINAL OFFENSE. And you talk about corruption in thailand thinking there is not in France?? How many millions euros go under the table in judge’s office here in Paris and everywhere in France for who argue they are real french. In France there are 2 justice for who have money and who dont have. Before posting racist comments think about how are jail conditions in ban kwang where prisoner can die on the floor and stay inside a cell with 60poeple one week imagine the smell…these guys did wrong but thaï justice works so please dont judge them one more time especially with racist comments!!! I shame for poeple who read racist comments like this from french poeple. Humanity is my hope. Let you think about this good french expats with your underage girlfriends in thailand acting like rich poeple with 1000euros pension, thaï laughing on you. Bank account will make you good falang nothing else.

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    James R

    Sunday, April 11, 2021 at 9:10 pm

    It is easy to make Frenchmen stop commiting crime.

    Just talk to them in a German accent while wearing a soldier’s uniform, they will soon run in the opposite direction while waving white flags and screaming at the top of their voices.

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