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Alleged drug dealer from Estonia arrested in Chon Buri after hiding for 4 years

Alleged Estonian drug dealer arrested last week, photo by The Pattaya News.

An alleged drug dealer who managed to hide from police for 4 years has now been arrested in Bang Lamung district of Chon Buri province last week. Police arrested him for having a visa that expired in 2018. The alleged dealer, 39 year old Estonian national Janno Ojaste, was sentenced to three years in prison and a 4,000 baht fine by the Pattaya Provincial Court for overstaying, but his prison sentence was commuted to two years of parole.

Chon Buri immigration officials say Janno was on Interpol’s red notice list issued in February. He was reportedly wanted by Estonian police for alleged large drug possession and distribution, and is expected to be expelled from Thailand after serving his sentence. Thai officials are reportedly working with Estonian officials for his deportation.

Chon Buri police working with the Investigation Immigration Division reportedly found Janno “hiding” on Soi 5 near Pratumnak Road.

In some tourist hotspots of Thailand, officials are on guard for an expected increase in demands for illegal drugs, now that the country’s travel restrictions are easing. Last week in Phuket a group of officials held a meeting to discuss how an increase in tourists and workers to the island will lead to an increase in a demand for illegal substances.

Officials said that more cooperation between the government and related networks is needed to monitor drug routes by land and water. They added that airlines need tighter surveillance to prevent drug smuggling to Phuket.

SOURCE: The Pattaya News

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Tara Abhasakun

A Thai-American dual citizen, Tara has reported news and spoken on a number of human rights and cultural news issues in Thailand. She holds a Bachelor’s Degree in history from The College of Wooster. She interned at Southeast Asia Globe, and has written for a number of outlets. Tara reports on a range of Thailand news issues.