Thailand: Suspected drug dealer, British national,Kurt David Silver arrested in Chon Buri

CHON BURI, March 12 — The Thai authorities have arrested a British national suspected of being a drug dealer and confiscated several kinds of controlled drugs at his home in Chon Buri, southeast of Bangkok.

Kurt David Silver, a 42-year-old English national, was arrested at his home in Bang Lamung district, Pol Lt-Gen Panya Mamen, chief of Provincial Police Region 2, told a news briefing today.

Police confiscated 159 grammes of crystal methamphetamine, 200 methamphetamine pills, 5.6 grammes of ecstasy, 25.95 grammes of heroin, 11.8 grammes of ketamine, one box of syringes and 200 empty capsules, Gen Panya said.

According to the initial investigation, Mr Silver claimed that all the drugs belonged to another Englishman, Heaton John Alexander, whom he said was a leader of a syndicate and that the drugs were smuggled from Dubai in the United Arab Emirates into Thailand.

The detainee confessed that he sold drugs to foreign customers in the seaside resort town of Pattaya. He said that Mr Alexander lives in Pattaya and has 15 subordinates deliver the drugs to customers.

Following Mr Silver’s statement, police searched Mr Alexander’s residence in Pattaya, but he had eluded arrest.

The police believe the suspect remains in hiding elsewhere in the country. (MCOT online news)

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