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Australian Mark Robert Coutelas, arrested by patong police this afternoon

Phuket Aussie Held Over Drugs, Handgun Found in Patong Apartment

Tuesday, May 27, 2014
PHUKET: An Australian was arrested in the Phuket tourist hub of Patong today, allegedly found in possession of an illegal firearm and drugs.

According to police, Mark Robert Coutelas was in possession of 0.53 grams of ya ice methamphetamine and a 9mm handgun and bullets when officers raided his room at the Green Mango Apartments in Nanai Road on a tip-off.

A female friend who came to see what the commotion was said she and Coutelas were ''dating.''

Oficers at Kathu Police Station undertook the raid about 2pm and were continuing to question Mr Coutelas late today to determine the extent of the charges.


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Its hard to get rid of troublesome expats, especially since they can hide behind Thai laws, and sue people like Andrew Drummond that expose them for what they are. But we must be careful not to judge someone on looks ( again )

Posted by farang888 on May 27, 2014 21:03

Editor Comment:

You've got it, farang888.



... Still everytime when I visit Nanai rd., I observe that it us inhabited with white race working class looking male population of working age, many of them seemingly on a long term stay, and then I wonder - what do they do for living? Working class hardly have material saving to spend on exile in paradise, so whether they all "sell knives on internet" or are engaged in other described in the article activities?

Posted by Sue on May 28, 2014 11:10


Well Sue I can sometimes be seen around Nanai. I work offshore and get every other month off. I know quite a few others who do the same. Not involved in criminal activity and not breaking any immigration laws.
What's your story Sue? A female living in patong? Who could you possibly make a living?

Posted by sateeb on May 28, 2014 15:30


Sue i also hope you take me last comment in the light hearted way it was intended.

Posted by sateeb on May 28, 2014 15:31


@Sue how do you know they are long term, do you ask to see their Passport. What a ridiculous comment and sounds like you do not like men as you do not mention woman who also work illegally in real estate etc.

Posted by Fiesty Farang on May 28, 2014 15:39


If he is guilty then I hope he enjoys a long stay in a Thai prison

Posted by Arthur Gane on May 29, 2014 05:49

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