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A 42-year-old Dutch man wanted by Interpol for allegedly trafficking 100 kilograms of marijuana in Europe in 2010 was arrested in Pattaya early Friday.
Pol Maj Gen Thamrong Saengwattanakul, commander of Immigration Police Division 3, said Ronell Cornelis Winx (spelling from Thai sounds provided by police) was arrested two years after he had sneaked into Thailand. Thai police spent about four months tracking him after alerted by Interpol.
Thamrong said Winx was arrested at 1:20 am at the Planet Earth Beach Club on Soj Jomthien 15 in Tambon Nong Plua of Chon Buri’s Bang Lamung district. The arrest was made with cooperation from the Immigration Police and Thai Interpol.
Thai Interpol officers and immigration officers have been tracking Winx after Thai police were alerted by German and Interpol police four months ago that Winx had entered Thailand on March 25 2012. Thai police later learned that he was hiding in Pattaya.
Winx was wanted by the Interpol under an arrest warrant issued in Germany for having allegedly smuggled 100 kilograms of marijuana into Germany, Italy and other European nations in 2010. He then disappeared before the German police learned that he fled to Thailand. The drug was worth 180,000 euros or about Bt10 million.
Thamrong said Winx entered Thailand as a tourist.
Police found that he had overstayed visa so he would also face charge of being an alien living in the kingdom without permission. After he has been taken legal action for overstaying visa, he would be extradited to Germany, Thamrong said.