British man arrested in Chiang Mai drug bust

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A British man was arrested in a sting operation uncovering a sprawling drug trade targeting unsuspecting tourists in Chiang Mai.

Chiang Mai police, acting on a tip-off, apprehended 48 year old British man Charly Garcia in an operation at a cannabis products shop in the Mueang district, where he was allegedly peddling narcotics to foreign visitors.

Undercover officers, playing their roles to perfection, pretended to purchase an array of illicit substances, including cocaine, ketamine, magic mushrooms, LSD, and MDMA, before springing into action and nabbing the British man with the damning evidence.

Following the bust, authorities delved deeper into Garcia’s dealings, raiding his condominium in the Chang Phueak subdistrict, where they reportedly uncovered a treasure trove of narcotics, including cocaine, magic mushrooms, and a stash of diazepam and alprazolam tablets.

According to police reports, Garcia confessed to offloading the drugs to tourists via the encrypted messaging app Telegram, revealing a web of international narcotics trade gripping the region.

Garcia, who entered Thailand on a student visa, had a history of drug-related arrests, having previously been detained for similar offences in Bangkok, reported The Nation.

Facing a barrage of charges, including possession and sale of narcotics spanning multiple categories, Garcia awaits legal proceedings.

In related news, a British backpacker arrested for drug dealing in Koh Tao was reported to have just celebrated his wedding to a Thai-born wife just days before he was apprehended. The British man’s distraught parents, John and Ann, expressed profound disbelief as news of their son’s arrest shattered the blissful memories of the recently concluded nuptials.

In other news, Manchester Crown Court witnessed a case where a 27 year old man was exposed as a drug mule caught with a staggering 30 kilogrammes of cannabis at Manchester Airport.

The man’s involvement in the smuggling saga began when a dispute emerged following a charity boxing event.

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Puntid Tantivangphaisal

Originally from Hong Kong, Puntid moved to Bangkok in 2020 to pursue further studies in translation. She holds a Bachelor's degree in Comparative Literature from the University of Hong Kong. Puntid spent 8 years living in Manchester, UK. Before joining The Thaiger, Puntid has been a freelance translator for 2 years. In her free time, she enjoys swimming and listening to music, as well as writing short fiction and poetry.

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