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Pattaya Daily News

01 November 2007 :: 13:11:41 pm 40180


Pattaya police investigators raided a big house in Jomtien and arrested an Englishman and his Thai wife for producing and distributing illicit drugs. Police discovered raw materials and almost 6,000 illicit drug tablets, ready for distribution. They seized evidence worth about 1,000 million baht.
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On 31 October 2007, at 5:30 PM, Police Commissioner Police Lieutenant Colonel Adisorn Nonsee, directed Police Lieutenant Colonel Athaphol Sudsai, along with a police team and police dogs to execute search warrant No. 543/2550, dated 31 October 2007. They searched house No. 403/67 Moo12, Nongprue, Banglamung, Chonburi after police discovered that the house was a place where illicit drugs were being produced and distributed.
The police team arrived at the house in Moo Baan Jomtien Palace near the Hanuman roundabout and the Pacific Jomtien Hotel, Jomtien Beach. It was a large two story house, with fencing all around. The house was worth several million baht.

The owners of the house were Mr. James Marcus (50), a British citizen and his wife, Miss Linrat Chalawatworachote (36). Police showed the couple the search warrant and began to search the house. Police found a bag of methamphetamines on Mr. Marcus’ person and another two bags in the ground floor bathroom. In an upstairs office, police discovered sixty-five bags filled with amphetamine, totaling 5600 tablets in a safe next to the office desk.

Police confiscated evidence, including the drugs, three bracelets, weighing 97.5 grams, eleven bank books totaling about ten million baht, ATM cards and three mobile phones. In addition, police took a brown Honda CRV, license 4236, Chonburi, a bronze Harley Davidson 1903, license 999, Bangkok, a yellow and white Yamaha Fino motorbike, license 176, Chonburi and 204,500 baht in cash. Altogether, the evidence was valued at about 1,000 million baht.

Mr. Marcus confessed that he had been living in Thailand for four years and operated a company serving foreign tourists as a front for his drug business. He has been producing amphetamine for export and also to sell to high society customers in Pattaya. He has made a lot of money from his illicit business, enabling him to buy a large house, worth many million baht. Before his arrest, he had been concocting new illicit drugs.

Police Lieutenant Colonel Athaphol declared that police had been tracking this illegal operation for more than three months. When the police amassed enough evidence, they had a search warrant issued and found much illicit evidence in the house. Mr. Marcus’ illicit products were to be distributed to Europe; and to drug parties in Bangkok, Pattaya and nearby provinces. Many of the drugs were being prepared for distribution on Halloween night.

Police were unable to find the drug pressing machine. Police theorized that there must be another location where the pills are being produced. Police will further investigate so they can apprehend and arrest other members of this illicit drug gang.

Reporter : Kampee   Photo : Kampee   Category : Crime News

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