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Phuket Expat Brit Arrested Over Hash Stash, Visa Overstay

Phuket Expat Brit Arrested Over Hash Stash, Visa Overstay

Monday, May 13, 2013
PHUKET: A British man arrested today on Phuket with a small quantity of marijuana faces jail time and deportation.

Immigration police acting on a tip-off confronted Stephen Peering, 45, outside Kokchang Mansion in Thaina Road, Karon, about 11.30am.

When the officers went to check his passport in a room on the first floor, one of the detectives thought he smelled a drug.

A search of the room produced a small quantity of marijuana in a drawer.

Mr Peering entered Thailand on February 7, 2011 and his visa expired one month later. His visa has not been renewed.

He is likely to face court over the drugs and the overstay, with deportation the likely outcome.

Officers at Karon Police Station were interviewing Mr Peering this afternoon.

Yesterday volunteers from Thalang District, overseen by district chief Supot Chakrit, arrested Niran Yokjalarn, 58, who was in possession of 90 ya Bah methamphetamine tablets and 5.3 grams of ya ice.

He confessed to selling the drugs to residents around the Srisoonthorn district.

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Just one more reason not to break the local law.

All it takes is a quick phone call from someone you've offended and off you go to immigration jail and Deportation Airlines.

You sit there until you can pay your overstay fine and arrange a flight back to your home country. A simple visa run outside Thailand will not cut it at that stage anymore.

A task that is mighty complicated from behind the bars and with no money. Some linger there for months.

Regardless of what you may think of Thai laws, don't break them. It's not our call.

Posted by Stephen on May 13, 2013 14:56

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Another quality tourist, not even bothering to do a Visa run for over two years.

Posted by Lost In Translation on May 13, 2013 16:45

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Thank you yet again St Stephen for the egg sucking lesson! You are certainly determined to be our moral compass navigating these troubled times.

Posted by Mister Ree on May 13, 2013 18:40

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For not just possessing drugs but dealing them too, he'll be looking at 20 years in a Thai jail. If he's lucky, he will survive that to return to England and enjoy his retirement at 65. He's lucky it's not anything stronger or he'd be up for the firing squad.

Posted by Learjet on May 13, 2013 18:44

Editor Comment:

I thought it was lethal injection these days.

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He overstayed his visa and was caught with a miniscule amount of marijuana and the officials in the picture appear jubilant that they've captured public enemy number 1. I find it unfortunate that the officials don't focus their efforts on more serious issues.

Posted by bustersizemore on May 13, 2013 20:00

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Poor guy!For sure, he deserves a very,very harsch punishment for such a "serious" offence.

Posted by william on May 13, 2013 20:30

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But 2 farangs shoot 2 German tourist on Soi San Sabai in Patong beach in January 2013 and get a slap on the wrist... Go Figure !!!

Posted by Anonymous on May 13, 2013 21:04

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C'mon PW Ed,
Please correct Learjet's comment he was a drug dealer, it was another man ( hint new paragraph Learjet) that was caught with the ice.

Posted by EB on May 13, 2013 22:28

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A amazingly accurate tip off, amazing nasal abilities, another amazing full and candid confession by a drug dealer have to agree with Stephens comment (a rare occurance) & the annom comment raises a very valid point I cant figure the math either on the equity of justice for all on the island.

Posted by slickmelb on May 13, 2013 22:35

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-Learjet-
As far as I read, "A British man arrested today on Phuket with a small quantity of marijuana faces jail time and deportation." and
"arrested Niran Yokjalarn, 58, who was in possession of 90 ya Bah methamphetamine tablets and 5.3 grams of ya ice.

He confessed to selling the drugs to residents around the Srisoonthorn district."
So that are two different cases! No Firing squad for the British.

Posted by Alfred on May 13, 2013 23:19

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He should have got an illegal gun, shot it in public and wounded 2 tourists, then he would be out within 3 months going about his daily business, rather than being a very bad man by overstaying, spending money in Thailand and smoking a bit of weed.

These people need to be stopped!

Posted by Tbs on May 14, 2013 01:37

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I came across this guy xmas before last. Told me the old sob story about losing his bag with money and passport so i gave him 500bt to eat. 5 minutes later i seen him drinking chang outside 7 eleven. Oh well back to sunny ol UK eh Steve...

Posted by sateeb on May 14, 2013 02:03


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