Drug suspect caught with fake visa

Police on Thursday arrested a Nigerian man on charges of possessing illicit drugs after a raid on a Sukhumvit hotel, and further investigation found he had entered Thailand using one of the 300 visa stickers lost from the Thai embassy in Kuala Lumpur.

Acting on a tip-off, tourist police raided a room at PB Hotel in Sukhumvit Soi 3 (Nana) and found a Nigerian man and a Thai woman inside. 

Police searched the room and found five grammes of crystal meth and one gramme of cocaine alongside drug paraphernalia. The suspects were identified as Innocent Ogogua, 39, and Bussakorn Uttama, 37.

They were given urine tests for drugs and the results were positive, Pol Col Archayon Kraithong, deputy commander of the Tourist Police, told a news conference.  

Police later found Mr Ogogua's passport had the missing visa stamp number A4055987 ― one of the 300 visa labels, issued by the Foreign Ministry to the Thai embassy in the Malaysian capital that were cancelled in August after they were found to have gone missing between January and July. 

Mr Ogogua told police he bought his visa from a travel agency in Nigeria before entering Thailand earlier this year to export dried fish to his home country but did not succeed in the business.  

He was charged with possession of Type-1 and Type-2 drugs as well as possession and use of a false official document.

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Discussion 1 : 14/12/2013 at 06:15 AM
Felis_Qui, the prohibition of alcohol in the US made it illegal to make, distribute and sell alcohol; but it was still legal to drink it! Evidence does show at the start of the prohibition, consumption was reduced. It was only years later, consumption went back up, reasons of which are plenty but consumption was still legal! Also, drugs are decriminalised but are still illegal in Portugal! Decriminalisation is not the same as legalisation! You need to compare apples with apples. My point still stands, legalising drugs will harm society.
Discussion 2 : 13/12/2013 at 10:31 PM
Another Nigerian committing a crime? I can't believe it.
Discussion 3 : 13/12/2013 at 05:43 PM
Lipka, the evidence clearly shows that during prohibition in the US, the use of alcohol stayed at about the same level as before that drug was criminalized, or may have slightly increased. After alcohol was again legalized at the end of prohibition, there was no sharp increase in use. The same is seen with decriminalisation of drugs in Portugal - the facts plainly contradict the common idea that legalization increases drug use. What making drugs illegal does do is greatly worsen all the associated health, family, crime, mafia and other social problems that drugs are implicated in. Legalization greatly helps to address drug problems.
Discussion 4 : 13/12/2013 at 04:20 PM
Felix_Qui again, legalising any goods means you are creating an open market, often means it is easier if not easy to acquire the goods. Using alcohol as an example, we agree it is a harmful drug, and because it is legal, the population use is greater than if it was made illegal. We know the social impact alcohol has, e.g. drunk driving, alcohol fuelled violence. So, if drugs like meth and cocaine for example were legalised, you'd have more incidents of drug related anti-social and destructive behaviour. And legalising it won't reduce corruption as some sellers will cut corners and dodge regulations (e.g. bribe regulators) to make more money.
Discussion 5 : 13/12/2013 at 10:17 AM
Lipka, I did not say anything about "increasing harmful drug use in the society." The evidence from countries and times where drugs are made legal or illegal consistently show it to have minimal impact on drug use; your presumption is unsupported. Also, you seem to hold the popular but false belief that currently illegal drugs such as marijuana and yaa baa are more harmful to society than is alcohol: again, the evidence shows this to be false. Heroin, and the like are worse for individual users, but when it comes to harm caused to others, which is the only moral ground for criminalization, alcohol is far the most harmful drug of addiction.
Discussion 6 : 13/12/2013 at 07:57 AM
Felix_Qui, are you saying reducing corruption by increasing harmful drug use in the society is a good thing? Firstly, it is the moral obligation of society (you, me and everyone else) in that we create as safest and as healthiest environment for the young population to grow in. Also, legalisation would not cut a lot of corruption as whenever there is a regulated business industry there is every reason to hide from regulators if money is to be made! And did you think of the behavioural effects drug users would have on society? (so, increase in Govt. expenditure)
Discussion 7 : 13/12/2013 at 07:00 AM
".....he had entered Thailand using one of the 300 visa stickers lost from the Thai embassy in Kuala Lumpur." "lost" is a diplomatic way of putting it!
Discussion 8 : 13/12/2013 at 02:32 AM
It is, again, an obvious example where something constructive can be done to stop corruption. Since there is no moral reason for interfering in adult's decisions to use drugs or not, the law should be changed so that decent business people provide them under regulation. This would greatly cut official corruption and mafia scum, or do we not want that? legalization would cut a lot of corruption at no cost to Thai tax payers or society. Are the anti-corruption mobs in favour of this change to bring Thai law into accord with justice and reduce corruption?

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