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Nigerian arrested for cocaine

PHUKET: A Nigerian national was arrested early this morning after a routine stop at a police checkpoint resulted in a search of his car and polcie finding the man in possession of cocaine.

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By Eakkapop Thongtub

Wednesday 9 May 2018, 05:37PM


Nigerian national Emeh Tobechukwu Kyran, 32, was presented to the press by police today (May 9). Photo: Eakkapop Thongtub

Nigerian national Emeh Tobechukwu Kyran, 32, was presented to the press by police today (May 9). Photo: Eakkapop Thongtub

Emeh Tobechukwu Kyran, 32, was stopped at a checkpoint on Thepkrasattri Rd northbound, literally across the road from Thalang Police Station, at 2:30am, Thalang Police Chief Col Teerawat Liamsuwan explained at a press conference today (May 9).

Noting that Emeh appeared to be acting nervously, especially after officers asked to see his passport, the officers searched his car, a Honda, and found cocaine under one of the seats, Col Teerawat said.

A search of Emeh found more cocaine in a packet tucked into his trousers’ waistband.

“Emeh was unable to produce his passport and pretended to not understand English,” Col Teerawat said.

Regardless, the officers marched Emeh across the road and into the police station for questioning, after which Emeh led police officers to the room where he was staying in Soi Bangriang. Down the road in Tambon Thepkrasattri, and showed them where he kept more cocaine and digital scales in a rice container.

In total the officers seized 44.7 grams of cocaine contained in 14 separate packets.

Police said the cocaine seized had estimated value of B200,000.

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Also seized in making the arrest was B16,200 in cash and one US$1 banknote, along with the digital weighing device, two mobile phones and Emeh’s Honda car.

Col Teerawat Liamsuwan said that Emeh had a “drug connection for tourists”.

“He used his Thai girlfriend to deliver the drugs, keeping him away from the physical involvement in the act,” he explained.

However, Emeh and his girlfriend split up about two months ago, he added.

Col Teerawat made no mention of arresting Emeh’s former girlfriend

Emeh was charged with possession of a Category 2 drug (cocaine) with intent to sell and with illegally staying in the country, Col Teerwat confirmed.

Police were continuing their investigation into Emeh’s drug activities, he added.

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DeKaaskopp | 10 May 2018 - 15:31:33

Not only Phuket/Thailand.Go to Germany,France or Italy for example and you will find hordes of them dealing with drugs.Police over there doesn't/can't do much about it.Many places in my hometown became very unsafe in the last couple of years.

BenPendejo | 10 May 2018 - 13:00:09

Sure seems to be a disproportionate number of these drug-dealing, love scamming, identity thieving criminals from Africa.  Clearly, the word is out to all criminals around the world that Phuket/Thailand is a great place to come and carry out a criminal lifestyle.  I wonder if this is related to corrupt and lazy policing and the opportunity to just pay your way out of a jam???

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