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Nigerian man and his Thai wife arrested for cocaine peddling in Bangkok

A Nigerian man and his Thai wife were arrested after 130 grammes of cocaine valued at around 400,000 baht were discovered during a raid in Bangkok on Monday night.

The suspects were identified as Emeka Edwin Udeze, a 40-year-old Nigerian national, and his wife, Naruechon Soonthornkaran, aka “Beam”, 49, police said yesterday. Mr Emeka Edwin Udeze was apprehended at his home.

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Mr Udeze was apprehended at his home in the Ramkhamhaeng area after Ms Naruechon was detained in a parking lot in Soi Rojanamin on Pracha Uthit Road in Wang Thong Lang district.

Police also impounded 127.14 grammes of cocaine, 7,000 baht in cash and an iPhone held by the couple.

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The arrests came after the Metropolitan Police Bureau was told by a suspect in a separate case that a drug dealer, identified only as Beam, was selling cocaine via a Line chat application.

Police then posed as clients in a sting operation which led to the arrests.

Ms Naruechon allegedly confessed to investigators under questioning, saying she acquired the cocaine from her husband, Mr Emeka Edwin Udeze, with whom she has been in a relationship for more than four years.

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The Nigerian had purchased the drug from a compatriot who had already left Thailand, police were told.

Ms Naruechon said the cocaine was sold to Thais and foreigners at entertainment venues.

The pair have been charged with being in possession and selling the drug.

Investigators were not convinced by Ms Naruchon’s account.

Further inquiries will be conducted to ascertain whether there are other suspects involved in the drug trafficking ring.

In September last year, a Nigerian man and Thai women were arrested in Cambodia for drug-trafficking.

The 33-year-old Nigerian man Fortune Egwuonwu, was arrested in connection with international drug-trafficking through Phnom Penh International Airport, Cambodia.

His two accomplices 30-year-old Thai woman, Tipparat Mueanchan and Egwuonwu were also arrested in Phnom Penh.

The three suspects appeared before the Phnom Penh municipal court on Monday, September 4.

14 Comments

  1. Immediately they travel,the next thing the do is drug.you guys should stop bringing shame to your families and country

  2. When you are caught dealing on drugs in Thailand,malaysia and some of these Asia countries is suicidal but I seriously don’t understand the desperation of some of our brothers from the East.. How can somebody be running after money at the expense of your own life.this is crazy…..there nothing more precious than the life God gave us.lets stop putting our lives at stake all for the sake of vanity.

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