6 June 2024

A British national, wanted in the United Kingdom on narcotic trafficking charges, was arrested by Thai police in Bangkok’s Bang Khen district yesterday (Friday).

The UK’s National Crime Agency sought cooperation from Thailand’s Central Investigation Bureau (CIB) in the arrest of 54-year-old “Richard”, a British national who was thought to have come to Thailand after jumping bail in January 2017, when he was sentenced to 11 years in prison for attempting to smuggle amphetamine, worth about eight million pounds, into the UK from Italy in a truck. The truck was seized as the illicit drugs, hidden in plastic containers, were being transferred onto a train on April 9th, 2016.

CIB police had searched for the British fugitive for years, until they found out that he had been living in Hua Hin. They then monitored his movements while reporting to the Office of Attorney-General to start the process of extradition.

CIB sources said that an arrest warrant was issued by the Criminal Court on January 31st.

The CIB decided to make the arrest when the fugitive travelled to Bangkok, to visit a friend yesterday. He was apprehended by Crime Suppression Division police on a road in Tha Rang sub-district of Bang Khen district.