Somkid Pakdeesowan, 31, appeared to have eluded a police checkpoint in Chalong when he fled into the sea off the pier and couldn't be found.
His escape, however, proved far from perfect.
Locals found a body, dressed in a reggae top, floating near Chalong Pier about 10am today.
The distinctive dreadlocks and bangles of the Songkhla man revealed his identity before police had a name.
As for his guilt, police found 40 ya bah methamphetamine pills and a small amount of ya ice on the dead man - and more than 5000 more ya bah pills on dry land.