A Nigerian man, John Oimma Emeka, was arrested alongside a Thai woman and a New Zealand man in the recent Bangkok drug bust.
The 42-year-old Nigerian man and 42-year-old Wararat Chansod who were delivering 2,060 grams of crystal methamphetamine (“ice”) to the New Zealand man at a Bangkok hotel on Saturday, September 15, had reserved the hotel room on Sunday where the alleged delivery took place.
However 62-year-old Isidor Rein who received a briefcase with a secret compartment containing the drugs to take to his country, was arrested after agencies working as part of the Airport Interdiction Task Force got a tip-off on September 12 about a New Zealand man set to receive drugs to smuggle home.
The Bangkok drug bust which led to police surveillance, led to the arrest of the three after Emeka and Wararat allegedly arrived that afternoon with the briefcase. It was gathered that Rein allegedly asked hotel staff to arrange a taxi ride for him on Saturday while he was waiting for “friends” in his room.
Deputy tourist police chief Pol Maj Gen Surachet Hakpal who announced this on Friday, August 10, said the measure is necessary for preventing criminals from coming to use Thailand as a base for illegal activities.
Surachet who urged members of the public to call the Tourist Police Bureau 1155 hotline if they detect foreigners involved in suspicious activities, also disclosed that Seventy-two foreigners including Nigerians, were arrested on Thursday for allegedly overstaying their visa among other charges after tourist police and other agencies searched 75 locations across Thailand.
According to him, 11 foreigners were arrested for allegedly overstaying their visa and 46 for entering the kingdom illegally, while 15 other foreigners were arrested on other charges. Speaking during a press conference at Chana Songkram police station to announce the result of the 20th “X-ray Outlaw Foreigner” Operation Surachet said 34 similar operations have been carried out so far and 4,159 targeted areas have been searched, netting 1,904 foreigner