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Immigration police officers bring in 33-year-old French suspect Avelino De Jusus (3L) to a press conference on Monday. He was arrested by the Immigration police in Nong Khai province on March 2. The court in Paris had issued an arrest warrant for Aveliono

Immigration police officers bring in 33-year-old French suspect Avelino De Jusus (3L) to a press conference on Monday. He was arrested by the Immigration police in Nong Khai province on March 2. The court in Paris had issued an arrest warrant for Aveliono

Police arrested a French-Portuguese man allegedly involved in an attempt to smuggle 305 kilograms of cocaine into France, police said Monday.

Avelino de Jusus, 30, was arrested in Nong Khai province Sunday at the Thai-Lao border, Immigration Police Comissioner Lt Gen Panu Gertlabpon told a press conference.

"We have revoked his passports and will extradite him to France soon, since de Jusus has committed no crimes in Thailand," Panu said. De Jusus, who holds French and Portuguese nationalities, faces an arrest warrant in France for his alleged involvement in an attempt to smuggle 305 kilograms of cocaine into the country in 2012.

Twelve other people have been arrested in connection with the incident. He left France late last year, heading to China before travelling to Thailand on November 6, entering on his Portuguese passport.

The French embassy alerted Thai Immigration police to de Jusus’s presence in the kingdom on February 3, leading to his name being placed on a black list and his arrest Sunday when he attempted to cross the border into Laos, Panu said.


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