Fugitive Swede nabbed on Samui

Fugitive Swede nabbed on Samui

SURAT THANI: A 60-year-old Swedish man wanted on drug charges in Bangkok has been arrested on Koh Samui after two years on the run, police said yesterday.

Immigration police arrested Reino Pentti Olavi Martin at a car park in front of a rented house in tambon Bo Phut on the southern tourist island on Thursday afternoon.

Martin: Was wanted on drug charges

Mr Martin was wanted on an arrest warrant issued by the Bangkok South Criminal Court on Feb 25, 2021, for illegally possessing methamphetamine with intent to sell.

He was apprehended in the Thong Lor area of Bangkok in 2020 and released on bail. However, he jumped bail, prompting the court to issue a warrant for his arrest.

Pol Col Suparuek Phankosol, chief of Surat Thani immigration police, said the arrest came after officers learned from the Immigration Bureau's alert system that the Swedish national was wanted in Bangkok.

Records showed that Mr Martin's visa expired on Dec 22, 2021.

Officers began tracking Mr Martin's movements, which led to his arrest. When police caught him, they initially charged him with overstaying his visa.

He was sent to the Bo Phut police station to answer the visa charge before being handed over to the Bangkok South Criminal Court to deal with the drug offence.

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