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A Lebanese man who is the manager of a guesthouse on Koh Phangan has been arrested for drug offences.

Foreign manager of Koh Phangan hostel faces deportation for cannabis possession | News by Samui TimesSalem Rose, who manages the Wanderlust Hostel in Baan Tai village, was arrested on Tuesday.

During the raid, police and local officials asked Mr Salem to produce his work permit, which he did.

However, when police said they wanted to carry out a further search of the premises, Mr Salem refused and became uncooperative, Thairath reported

Military officials were then called and access to the premises was gained.

A search of Mr Salem’s living quarters found 11 grams of cannabis and other drug paraphernalia.

Mr Salem claimed the cannabis was for personal use but police allege that he sold it to tourists who stayed at the hostel.

Officials also say that that hostel was operating without the correct permits.

Mr Salem has been charged with possession and supply of a category 5 narcotic.

Officials said that he faces having his work permit revoked and being deported from Thailand.

The raid on The Wanderlust comes as officials have launched a crackdown on illegal activity on the island, made famous for its Full Moon Party.

Recent months has seen a rise in drug arrests, as well as action taken against hostels which officials have said may be operating illegally.

Thairath reports that after complaints from local business owners, 37 businesses on the island are currently being investigated by police for operating illegally.

In January, a Dutch man and Italian man were arrested and charged for operating a hotel without the proper licenses and for carrying out work prohibited to foreigners.

Meanwhile, officials also ordered six hostels, one of which was The Wonderlust, to close due to operating illegally.

Thai Visa / Thai Rath

Foreign manager of Koh Phangan hostel faces deportation for cannabis possession | News by Samui Times

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