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British drug dealer arrested in Chiang Mai

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There’s been a purge to arrest people working in Thailand without a work permit. Now, this…

Police, acting on a tip-off that a foreign national was selling drugs to tourists in Chiang Mai, have arrested a 48 year old British man.

Charly Garcia was arrested on Tuesday, March 12, according to a Nation Thailand report. He was detained during a sting operation at a shop selling cannabis products in the Mueang district of the northern province.

During the operation, undercover police officers “bought” 12.5 grams of cocaine, 14.7 grams of ketamine, 192 grams of magic mushrooms, 13 grams of LSD, and 9.8 grams of MDMA from Garcia, before promptly arresting him.

A search of the suspect’s condo in the sub-district of Chang Phueak uncovered over 400 grams of cocaine, 595 grams of magic mushrooms, and 160 Valium and Xanax pills.

According to the report, Garcia has admitted selling the drugs to foreign tourists using the Telegram app. He says he purchased all the drugs, with the exception of the magic mushrooms, from a Black man in Chiang Mai, for 800,000 baht.

It’s understood the magic mushrooms were bought for 20 baht per gram from another foreign national in Pai, Mae Hong Son province.

The authorities say Garcia entered Thailand on a student visa and had been arrested for selling drugs in Bangkok. The report does not make clear how he then came to be in Chiang Mai.

He has been charged with the possession and sale of LSD, MDMA, ketamine, cocaine, alprazolam, diazepam, and magic mushrooms.

SOURCE: Nation Thailand

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