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26 September 2008 :: 16:09:12 pm 10343

Drug Gang Suspect Arrested In Pattaya

BANGKOK - THAI immigration police have arrested a Dutchman suspected of being the ringleader of gang which smuggled drugs into Norway, a police official said on Friday, 25th Sept.
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Johannes Cornelis Smeding, 50, was detained on Thursday afternoon in Pattaya, which ‘ is notorious for crime and prostitution”, according to Straits times, Singapore.

He and 38 other Dutch and Norwegian suspects are alleged to have smuggled 300 kilograms of marijuana and other drugs into Norway in Apr 2006. So far 26 alleged members of the gang have been arrested.

‘He will be extradited to Norway soon as he faces no charges in Thailand,’ Colonel Manad Sriwongsa, of Thai immigration police, said.

Col. Manad said Smeding had entered Thailand soon after fleeing Norway in 2006. He married a Thai woman and had set up a bar business in Pattaya, Col. Manad said. -AFP

Reporter : PDN staff   Photo : Internet   Category : Crime News

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