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New Zealand man arrested for unlicensed business, drug possession

Oct 22. 2019
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By Suriya Patathayo
The Nation

Immigration Police chief Lt-General Sompong Chingduang on Tuesday announced the arrest of Michael Garnet Eden Holt, 55, a New Zealand national, on charges of opening a restaurant and bar without a licence, working without a work permit, and allegedly possessing narcotic substances.

Holt was arrested at the Spades Bistro & Bar on Sam Lan Road in Chiang Mai’s Muang district.

Sompong said local police were called to inspect the bar “allegedly owned by an illegal alien”.

“We questioned Holt and found that he entered Thailand on July 11 on a retirement visa. He is listed as a shareholder of the company which opened this bar, but has no licence under his name,” Sompong said.

While searching the second floor of the bar, police said they found drugs including 64 ecstasy pills, 9 grammes of cocaine and another 9 grammes of ketamine, which Holt allegedly admitted buying from a foreign dealer for Bt45,000. An initial urine test also revealed that Holt had narcotics in his system, according to police.

Holt was subsequently taken to Chiang Mai police station for prosecution.


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