Frenchman Arrested at Bar on Pha Ngan Island for Allegedly Selling Ecstasy and Cocaine to Tourists

Surat Thani –

A Frenchman was arrested at a bar on the Pha Ngan Island in Surat Thani for allegedly selling ecstasy and cocaine to tourists.

The Koh Pha Ngan Police told the Phuket Express that earlier this week they arrested a suspect identified only as Mr. Ilan, 41, French national, at a bar located in a hotel in the Baan Tai sub-district, Koh Pha Ngan district.

Seized from him were undisclosed amounts of ecstasy and cocaine. He was taken to the Koh Pha Ngan Police Station to face charges of illegal possession of category 1 (ecstasy) drugs and category 2 drugs (cocaine) with intent to sell.

His plea was not immediately made clear to the Thai media.
Mr. Ilan’s case serves as a reminder that Thailand’s drug laws are stringent, and tourists must exercise caution. Ignorance of the law is not an excuse, and anyone caught violating drug regulations faces severe penalties. Foreigners visiting Thailand should prioritize their safety and stay informed about local laws to ensure an enjoyable stay while avoiding legal entanglements.

Mr. Ilan faces severe legal consequences for allegedly selling ecstasy and cocaine to tourists. If convicted, he could be sentenced to substantial fines and lengthy prison terms. For those involved in trafficking, the penalties are even more severe, including the possibility of the death penalty. Thailand’s strict drug laws leave little room for leniency, emphasizing the importance of understanding local regulations and avoiding any involvement in drug-related activities

Goongnang Suksawat
Goong Nang is a News Translator who has worked professionally for multiple news organizations in Thailand for many years and has worked with The Pattaya News for more than four years. Specializes primarily in local news for Phuket, Pattaya, and also some national news, with emphasis on translation between Thai to English and working as an intermediary between reporters and English-speaking writers. Originally from Nakhon Si Thammarat, but lives in Phuket and Krabi except when commuting between the three.