Australian arrested with "ice"

PHUKET – An Australian national has been arrested with crystal methamphetamine at his apartment in Katu district.

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Tourist police apprehended Mark Robert Coutelas at Green Mango Apartment on Wednesday night with four bags of the drug weighing 2.45 grammes, Pol Lt Col Nikom Thienhaw, an investigator of the Tourist Police Division in Phuket, said on Thursday.

He was charged with possessing illicit drugs.

The arrest followed a tip-off that a foreigner was selling crystal methamphetamine in the area after he had been released on bail from previous charges.

Mr Coutelas, 53, was arrested at the same place on May 27 with a bag of the drug weighing 0.53 grammes and a Glock gun with 10 bullets.



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