German man caught for selling illicit drugs

German man caught for selling illicit drugs

Thomas Leiner (seated) and the speed pills seized from him are taken for a police news conference in Chiang Mai following a search of his house in Mae Rim district on Friday. (Photo by Cheewin Sattha)
Thomas Leiner (seated) and the speed pills seized from him are taken for a police news conference in Chiang Mai following a search of his house in Mae Rim district on Friday. (Photo by Cheewin Sattha)

CHIANG MAI — A 53-year-old German man accused of selling illicit drugs was arrested and some speed pills were seized at his house in Mae Rim district on Friday.

A team of local police led by Mae Rim police chief Pol Col Adul Somnuek raided the house in tambon Don Kaew and arrested Thomas Leiner, a German national, after 78 speed pills and two packs of methamphetamine were found inside his house, said police. 

The suspect has been charged with possessing illicit drugs with intent to sell.

The arrest came after police caught Theeradet Chaichana, 25, of Chiang Mai, at an apartment in Muang district of this northern province on Thursday after some speed pills were found in his possession. 

The man confessed he had bought the drugs from the German man. This prompted police to investigate and later obtained a court warrant to search the accused foreigner's house.

Mr Leiner, who stayed in the house with his Thai wife, told police that he bought the drugs from a small drug dealer at a nightspot on Loy Khor Road in downtown Chiang Mai for his own use and for sale, mostly to foreigners. He allegedly confessed he had sold the illicit drugs for a long time.

He was held in police custody for legal action.


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