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'Georgia' was expecting to be scammed on the way to Phuket

Marijuana Planted in Our Luggage, Say Phuket Bound Tourists

Monday, August 26, 2013
PHUKET: An Australian couple holidaying in Thailand have claimed they were about to become victims of a drugs scam while travelling from Bangkok to Phuket.

A woman who used only her first name, ''Georgia,'' told a popular Melbourne radio shock jock today that she and her boyfriend found marijuana had been planted in their luggage.

The Australian embassy advised them to dump their bags. That's what Georgia and her boyfriend did.

Georgia told the radio commentator that she and her boyfriend were just about to check in for a flight to Phuket when they noticed their luggage had been tampered with.

Instead of going ahead and catching a flight to Phuket, the pair checked in to a Bangkok hotel near the airport and carried out a thorough search of the bags.

They discovered a handful of marijuana hidden inside one of the bag's pockets, Georgia told DJ Neil Mitchell.

The couple believe the drug was planted when they left their bags at the Bangkok hotel where they had been staying.

One theory was that they would have been intercepted at the airport by fake Customs officers or local police, she said.

Instead, having discovered the bags had been tampered with, they went to a different hotel, found the marijuana, then cleaned all their clothes and replaced damaged luggage.

Georgia was calling the radio station from Thailand. DJ Mitchell said 3AW had the woman's full name. He described the incident as ''really scary stuff.''

The anonymous couple's account was receiving a wide coverage in the Australian media today with headlines reading: 'Melbourne Couple's Thai Nightmare.'

Some reports, however, mistakenly had the incident occurring before a flight from Phuket to Bangkok rather than the other way around.

None of the articles said whether the couple or the Australian embassy had taken the trouble to inform Bangkok police, so the incident could not be confirmed.

Airport Scam: Today's Must LISTENING

A tourist in Thailand explains how she almost became a victim of what appears to be an airport drugs scam
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Jl8VNvjyqYE

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If someone planted drugs at the Bangkok hotel , it would be a very long shot to know where they were going later or even if they knew they were going to the airport then to find them would be difficult amongst the thousands of people there . Why would anyone do this to draw attention to themselves later. It seems too far fetched to me .

Posted by P win on August 26, 2013 10:44

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Agree with P win- this lacks credibility.

Posted by another steve on August 26, 2013 11:44

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I agree with P win, also only a handful of weed isnt close to enough to be worthwhile of sending it from bkk to hkt

Posted by Scot on August 26, 2013 11:53

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All this trouble for a small amount? Fake Custom Officers conspiracy is a new one!

Posted by danny on August 26, 2013 12:31

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Not at all trustable ...

Posted by frog on August 26, 2013 13:01

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Looks, so far, most believe this story to be faked, but let's not forget, it is possible they where being setup so that when arriving on Phuket, they could have been "arrested" then a "fine" could be negotiated. Just another "assumption" like those made by the rest of you.

Posted by DSI Watch on August 26, 2013 14:43

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well they have there 15 min of fame, and no doubt when they get back to australia there pics will be all over the national papers, they say they felt uncomfortable in the hotel because the staff were being over friendly, is that not hotel staff policy to be friendly to guests. Next time i go to thailand and the staff are friendly i will have to search my bags for drugs...when they left the hotel there saying they did not notice the locks were missing, this is not credible at all..

Posted by Darren walker on August 26, 2013 14:52

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It is interesting isn't it that naturally people expect someone has gone out of there way to make up a story and publicise it.

Every time I check into a hotel on holiday I am asked my flight numbers so transfers and/or check in/out times can be arranged. That makes it pretty easy to work out not only that someone is going to the airport but also the destination.

Maybe it was just someone trying something small to see if it would work?

I do not know if it is true or not but glad the couple were not on the end of a much worse outcome if it is all true.

Posted by Darren on August 26, 2013 15:19

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Wow, all these know it all detectives, and just what if it happened to be true? People don't get bribed in Thailand hey, give me money or do twenty years in the Hilton, its very believable to me.

Posted by coxo on August 26, 2013 16:35

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It would be nice if they gave the name of the hotel. I wonder why they didn't? It's not as if they are still in Thailand and the radio station obviously isn't. How could they get in trouble if they gave the name?

Posted by Buster on August 26, 2013 16:39

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@ Darren. I have never ever heard of hotels automatically asking guests their flight number. Nonsense. Like this story. Nonsense.

Posted by danny on August 26, 2013 20:21

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@Danny. Most 5 and 6 star hotels I have been in ask me for this info. Once they see I am an expat, this is not written down. However they do ask.

Posted by Graham on August 26, 2013 21:51

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@darren i have travelled to many countries in asia and most countries in europe. I have never been asked for a flight no from hotel staff, on checkout they would ask if you would like a taxi and what time back to airport, this story in bangkok is bull****...

Posted by darren walker on August 26, 2013 23:27

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The Australian embassy never talked to them

Posted by FS on August 27, 2013 00:16

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so if aussies have bad story oversea they call their news channel of their trust directly,
I see,
my oz friend had bad story too but he didnt call channel 7,

if something happens to me, I will call phuketwan immediately, I need contact nr. quick

Posted by benny on August 27, 2013 02:08

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I heard quite a similar story from a hotel owner in Trat. One of his customers had a fight with one of his employees. He kicked his employee out the next day and the customer checked out the next day and took a bus to Bangkok. Unfortunately, police stopped his bus in Rayong - searched his backpack (just HIS backpack!)- and found ganja. Possible that the couple had a conflict with one of the hotel staff?!

Posted by Martin on August 27, 2013 02:51

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Coxo, Thank god we are not all gullible like you and some others here and believe everything what we are told without any evidence .
By the way mate what is Santa Claus bringing you for Christmas

Posted by P win on August 27, 2013 05:21

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Amazing what people deduct from a story, which, in itself, may not always be 100% accurate. Read a slightly different version elsewhere. And in my decades of world travel, I have very often been asked to provide flight details so that transfers can be arranged and monitored.

Posted by CSIkrungthep on August 27, 2013 06:27

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P WIN I'm glad you have wrapped it all up and solved the mystery based on your wide worldly knowledge of life, the people involved and the hotel, you are truly a legend mate, the question still remains, what if?

Posted by coxo on August 27, 2013 07:09

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Any hotel employee who has ganja freely at his disposal, is willing to part from it for nothing, who has access to flight schedules of the guests and has contacts with the police that enables him to get them arrested (so all information including passport numbers etc. needs to be given) is in the wrong profession, he could be making a lot more elsewhere.

No doubt in my mind this story is BS.

Posted by stevenl on August 27, 2013 11:11


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