Thursday, 31 March 2016

3/31/2016 04:07:00 pm
A popular Phuket-based Russian DJ has been arrested along with one other man for attempting to smuggle nearly 90 grams of cocaine into their native Russia.

Novosibirsk Police announced the arrest of the two men, who they said were taken into custody by police officers and Federal Security Service agents at Tolmachevo Airport, last Sunday (Mar 27).

Police did not name the two suspects, despite providing to the press low-resolution photographs that showed the men’s passports and flight tickets.

However, the ensuing outpouring of comments on Facebook by fans soon identified one of the men as a DJ who goes by the name “Kostya BenJamin”, better known as “Noise”.
DJ Noise is well known among the Russian community in Thailand, especially for his performances on the party island Koh Pha-ngan, near Samui. On his Facebook page, he names Phuket as his place of residence.

Following a search of the men’s bags on arrival, police seized two packages both containing white powder, six mobile phones, two laptops, 10 bank cards and a digital scale.
Also among the items seized were a ticket for a ThaiSmile flight from Bangkok to Phuket, and a plastic bottle of Thai-brand baby powder that the white powder was hidden in.

A test conducted later by drug experts confirmed that the men tried to smuggle into the country 500 milligrams of ecstasy and 89.7 grams of cocaine.

When faced with the evidence, both admitted to carrying the drugs, said police.

According to one of the suspects, the cocaine was bought for 500,000 rubles (about B250,000) and could be resold for as much as 1.5 million rubles (B750,000).

Asked by the police, the suspects said they had taken illegal drugs, but that they had have never tried to smuggle drugs before.

Both men were to by charged with possession of an illegal drug with intent to sell, the police report noted.

Police also reported that one other person was arrested in Novosibirsk in connection with the drugs that they were now checking for other possible suspects and related crimes.

Source: Phuket News

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