The eyes of Rashid Abdlhkeem, 26, welled up as he insisted to an officer: ''I didn't know it was drugs. I bought it from a taxi driver.
''He told me it was good for sex, but he did not mention that it was illegal.''
Mr Rashid pleaded with the officer to let him go so he could return to his 19-year-old wife, who was now left in a Phuket resort on her own.
As the alleged offence involves 0.5 grams of the illegal drug ya ice, Mr Rashid has to go before Phuket Provincial Court in Phuket City before an application for bail can be heard.
''I don't smoke, I don't drink, I don't do anything like that,'' the holidaying security guard told an officer at Kathu Police Station after his arrest at 4am on Thursday. ''I just wanted to have fun with my wife.''
Mr Rashid said he was prepared to surrended his passport, but he suffered from back pain and headaches and was unwilling to spend time in a poorly equipped cell.
He said he needed a lawyer. Mr Rashid is due to appear in court today.