French-Portuguese arrested for drug trafficking

national March 03, 2014 00:00

By Deutsche Presse Agentur

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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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