Nigerian nabbed after a mad dash into temple

IN a scene straight out of a thriller movie, a team Koh Samui policemen and soldiers had to run after a Nigerian drug suspect who jumped out of a window of his rented house, climbed over the fence and dashed into a temple where he was finally pinned down, the Thai-language daily Matichon reported this afternoon (Aug. 4, 2018).

The chase started at 1 p.m. when this team of Bo Phut station, Tourist and Immigration police together with some soldiers entered a rented house in Bo Phut area, after Koh Samui district chief 2LT Kittiphob Roddon found out the foreign tenant was selling drugs on the tourist island.

Upon seeing the police the drug suspect, Mr Chinedu Victor Okeke, 45, from Nigeria, quickly climbed out of a  window, dashed to the rear fence and climbed over it and ran into Wat Laem Suwannaram temple.

However the team of policemen and soldiers caught him there and brought him back to the house.

A search found that the suspect had hidden 4 bags of powder cocaine, weighing 2.5 grams, behind an electrical switch. Within a box containing imported alcohol were hidden 12 bags holding 11.3 grams of cocaine cubes and 27 tubes of the same drug weighing 271.6 grams.

Upon being questioned, the suspect confessed that the cocaine was his and that he had bought it from a Nigerian friend. He said he sold the drug to both Thai and foreign tourists for 1,000 to 18,000 baht at various entertainment places on the island.

Kittiphob said this is a big drug bust for Koh Samui and police have to relentlessly track down drug dealers who continuously flock to the island.


Top: The drug suspect being questioned at Bor Phut police station. Photo: Matichon

Below: Tubes of cocaine police seized from the suspect’s rented house. Photo: Matichon