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Thai man who found rare and valuable pearl arrested on drugs charges

 

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One of two brothers who last week found a multi million baht rare pearl on the beach in the south of Thailand is now behind bars. 

 

Police in Nakhon Sri Thammarat followed the story with interest after Hatchai, 37, was lording it in the media with his 5-10 million baht Melo pearl he found washed up in a clump of shellfish. 

 

They realized that Hatchai had gone home to his house and soon arrest and search warrants for the property in Koh Petch sub-district were issued.

 

Two lots of drug taking equipment and a quantity of ice (methamphetamine) were found and Hatchai was taken away in cuffs.

 

Hua Sai police chief Pol Col Chokdee Srimuang said that Hatchai had been on their radar after 16,000 meth pills had been found near the property. 

 

He said that forensics linked him to the drugs but he had been nowhere to be found - until the posts about the pearl hit the Thai media. 

 

Hatchai denies everything but the police say they have clear evidence and have charged him with conspiracy and possession of class 1 narcotics.

 

Source: Sanook

 

 

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I think PC Plod is after a piece of the action, this story stinks, they cannot find him, ha, ha.

Suddenly there could bit some serious money involved, so plod spring into action.🤔

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27 minutes ago, Dagfinnur Traustason said:

Soon they will confiscate the pearl too, and hold it as pre-authorized bond money.

 

Soon? Probably already is, but lost in the evidence room.

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I suspect the entire "Pearl" story was a sham in the first place, kind of a money laundering scheme.

For instance, orange pearls of this type are usually produced by sea snails, not oysters as he claimed.  The "oyster shell" from which the pearl supposedly originated disappeared.  Then there's the story of how a "dream spirit" sent him to the beach in the first place.

 

More likely,  the drug organization he is accused of being a part of bought the pearl on the black market and was trying to legitimize it.

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2 hours ago, dddave said:

I suspect the entire "Pearl" story was a sham in the first place, kind of a money laundering scheme.

For instance, orange pearls of this type are usually produced by sea snails, not oysters as he claimed.

 

This is what I was thinking while reading the article.

 

I did read an article last week which said he found the pearl in a snail, not a clam...

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