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Aussie criminal arrested in Pattaya after fleeing Phuket

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An Australian man, linked to a foreign criminal network, who has previously served time in his home country, has been arrested in Pattaya. It’s understood he was living in a luxurious villa, having fled his previous home in Phuket.

Khaosod English reports that the man, named only as 52 year old ‘Mr Grey’, has previously served a prison sentence in Australia after being convicted on drug-related charges and other crimes. It’s understood an arrest warrant had also been issued for him on drug trafficking and drug possession charges.

Grey’s arrest was announced by the authorities yesterday, June 5, with officers confirming his permission to remain in the kingdom has been revoked due to alleged criminal activities. According to the Immigration Bureau, the Australian has been linked to a foreign criminal network operating in Phuket and “causing trouble” for locals on the island.

It’s understood Grey’s arrest is linked to that of a British man, who was apprehended by Chalong Police in Phuket after he walked into a pub carrying a gun. During their investigation, the authorities discovered he was connected to Grey and the Immigration Bureau decided at that point to revoke the Australian’s permission to remain in Thailand.

According to the report, Grey became aware of the action and fled Phuket. However, the authorities managed to track him down to a luxury property in Pattaya. He has been arrested and is expected to be deported and blacklisted from the kingdom.

SOURCE: Khaosod English

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