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    British man accused of smuggling drugs into Thailand 'after police find 500 grammes o



    Thai police have arrested the British owner of a restaurant in Bali on suspicion of being a drug mule .

    They claim to have found half a kilogram of cocaine on Matthew Kevin O'Neill, 40, who was reportedly arrested in Bangkok on Saturday night.

    Mr O'Neill, who is the boss of Thai Gardens restaurant in the Umalas area of Bali, is understood to have previously lived in Thailand for 10 years.

    Its is claimed he told investigators he flew from Bali after closing his restaurant "for renovations" on May 30, and arrived in Thailand last Thursday, the same day it was supposed to reopen.

    But police bosses claim Mr O'Neill is part of an illegal drug trafficking gang in which members swallow drug packages and smuggle them into the country.

    He is said to have been found with cocaine packages hidden inside a bag he was carrying.

    According to the Bangkok Post , Police Major Gen Peensab said Mr O'Neill was found on a public bus and that there were drugs in his backpack.

    And Pol Lt Col Jirakrit Jarunphat, deputy superintendent of Thong Lor police station claimed Mr O'Neill said he was paid around 60,000 baht (1,178) by a man to deliver drugs to another man.

    The Foreign Office said this evening it was unaware of the incident.

    British man accused of smuggling drugs into Thailand 'after police find 500 grammes of cocaine' on him - Mirror Online

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    Quote Originally Posted by misskit
    previously lived in Thailand for 10 years.
    And I guess another 25 not so nice years..... why do they do it

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    Did they bring a dog onto the bus ?

    He'll be losing some weight also doing that stretch.

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    .....Thong Lor police station claimed.....
    Hmmmm, take it with a pinch of salt this one, yes.

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    Mr O'Neill was found on a public bus
    deputy superintendent of Thong Lor police station
    Sniffer dogs at Ekamai bus station?

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    Hard to believe someone would risk it all for 60k baht. I guess his restaurant wasn't doing well.

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    Bali, the Drug designation of Asia! lucky He wasn't nabbed in Indo!

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    Quote Originally Posted by naptownmike View Post
    Hard to believe someone would risk it all for 60k baht. I guess his restaurant wasn't doing well.
    Hard to believe he was caught on a public bus.


    Notice he is 2 metres tall? Perhaps they waited for a chance to nab him and decided he was cornered when on the bus.

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    Not the first or the last to have a brainwave, I'll smuggle drugs ,and the revenue will help fund The Thai gardens ailing restaurant and his fantastic carefree life in paradise.
    Return to the U.K., na agh never, not to that shit hole, I love it out here.

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    Jeff will be along in a minute to add a classic cultural line or two amidst the cynisysm on here

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    ^
    "The power of accurate observation is commonly called cynicism by those who have not got it." - George Bernard Shaw

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    ^ Heh...

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    Quote Originally Posted by VocalNeal View Post
    Mr O'Neill was found on a public bus
    deputy superintendent of Thong Lor police station
    Sniffer dogs at Ekamai bus station?
    Common place for searches, as it's the gateway for many backpackers etc. heading South to the beaches.

    A few mates got done with some coke and weed on them. Not a lot. cost 'em 30k baht on the spot. The coke was kept and the weed was thrown back in their bag.

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    Brazenly trying to hoodwink cops?

    Wonder if it was a combined visa run too, kill two birds and all that...
    No more birds for him for a while

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    Mean man should have jumped in a taxi.

    Hindsight is wonderful.

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