Bad guys out: Big Joke meets Italian and Czech criminals hiding out in Thailand
Chief of immigration Lt-Gen Surachate Hakparn has announced the arrest of two men wanted in Europe on drug and robbery charges.
One had a Thai wife and had been hiding out in Phuket for nearly ten years. The other was a former SWAT team leader hiding in Pattaya.
The Lt-Gen – known as Big Joke – was seen sharing a joke with the suspects but their crimes were no laughing matter.
The suspects were dressed in orange and yellow t-shirts that proclaimed: “Prisoner of Immigration”.
Suspect number one is Daniele Lollo from Italy. He had been wanted since 2003 – 2007 when a search of his house in Treviso uncovered cocaine, ganja and chemicals for the production of cocaine. He was arrested on Tuesday.
He had been living in Phuket since 2010 and has a Thai wife. Police are investigating whether he has connections to drug crime in Thailand. He will be deported to Italy.
The second suspect is Petr Bilek, 55, who is wanted by police in the Czech Republic for robbery.
He is the former head of a SWAT team, reported TNA.
He had been hiding out in Pattaya and will be deported back to the Czech Republic.