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Gun-toting Aussie tourist nabbed with crystal meth in Phuket

Phuket Gazette -


Mark Robert Coutelas, 53, was found with an illegal handgun, a BB gun and 530mg of crystal meth. Photo: Patong Police

PHUKET: Patong Police arrested an Australian tourist today after finding him in possession of 530mg of ya ice (crystal methamphetamine), a gun, and ammunition.

Mark Robert Coutelas, 53, was apprehended at the Green Mango Apartment complex on Nanai Road after the police received a tip-off.

“We went to the apartment and found Mr Coutelas at his rental room at about 2pm,” said Lt Col Suttichai Thianpho of the Patong Police.

“We searched the room and found 530mg of ya ice in a small plastic bag and drug paraphernalia. We also found an illegal 9mm handgun, bullets and a BB gun.”

Mr Coutelas was charged with illegal possession of a firearm and ammunition, as well as possession of a Category 1 Drug, said Col Suttichai.

“A woman showed up after the raid and told police that she and Mr Coutelas were dating,” added Col Suttichai. “But we did not press charges against her, as she was not present when officers searched the apartment.”

“We are questioning both Mr Coutelas and his female companion about the gun and possible drug networks.”

Police declined to name Mr Coutelas' female companion.

Source: http://www.phuketgazette.net/phuket-news/Guntoting-Aussie-tourist-nabbed-crystal-meth-Phuket/29583#ad-image-0

-- Phuket Gazette 2014-05-27

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If it weren't for the gun I might feel sorry for him. Thailand seems to be full of grasses, most definitely no honour amongst theives in these parts.

Honour among thieves is a good thing?

Well it is for the thieves, if not for the rest of us........

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