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UK Drugs Baron arrested by Thai cops on Samui

 

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SAMUI: -- A high profile drugs fugitive who fled the UK after being jailed for 15 years has been arrested by a successful police operation in Thailand.

 

Jonathon Moorby is a Teessider who had been suspected of hiding out in Thailand for some time. He was flushed out on Monday after a representative went to pick up his son at Suvarnabhumi airport at the weekend, reported Thai Rath.

 

Moorby was behind a major drugs conspiracy to flood Teesside with high grade cocaine and described in the UK press as a "drugs baron" for his involvement in the trade.

 

He once sent his terrified estranged wife a text message saying "tick, tock, tick, tock" as he prepared to set fire to her home.

 

Thai drugs police in Surat Thani became aware after representations from their UK counterparts that Moorby was due to pick up his son at the airport on Saturday at noon.

 

But instead of going himself he sent someone else who was secretly followed with the son back to Samui and thence to a hotel.

 

Several other relatives of Moorby arrived which ultimately led to the arrest of the suspect who had been hiding out on Koh Matsum that lies off the southern coast of Samui.

 

He is now in custody with Bo Phut police on Samui.

 

The Thai operation was carried out by drugs suppression police, local immigration and police and soldiers.

 

Source: Thai Rath

 
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Seems like he's been here for a while, and various authorities knew he was here.

 

He was using a lost/stolen passport of one Goossens Wouters from Begium.

 

Pol Maj Gen Apichart said the Belgian passport belonging to Mr Wouters had been reported lost in Thailand. Mr Moorby allegedly told police that he bought the passport from an underground network in the South for one million baht.

 

 

 

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There's nobody living on Koh Mudsum, think they mixed it up with Koh Taen that has a dozen of bungalows for rent.

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20 minutes ago, PoorSucker said:

There's nobody living on Koh Mudsum, think they mixed it up with Koh Taen that has a dozen of bungalows for rent.

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Koh Mudsum has a hotel been there a couple of years now.

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1 hour ago, PoorSucker said:

There's nobody living on Koh Mudsum, think they mixed it up with Koh Taen that has a dozen of bungalows for rent.

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Have a look on to Ko Mutsum in Google Earth. Not only the swimming pool looks well maintained ...

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I can see why this thug took a one way ticket to Thailand in 2014. He continued to run his drug trafficking business from Thailand and made a nice living at it.  How he did it for 3 years undisturbed, speaks volumes.

 

However, more disturbing and disgusting are his family members who came for a visit. They were obviously enjoying the proceeds of his drug trafficking trade. As much as we would like pee all over the Thais for allowing this scum to  hide out, it's not as if the UK did much to stop him or  disrupt his  trafficking. The three people who were caught sending him money and money laundering his profits,  were not sent to jail. The one fellow who eventually was  condemned, was only sent  down because he was driving while banned after he had been spared prison time on the  money transfers conviction.

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