Saturday, 17 September 2016

9/17/2016 05:02:00 pm
Alleged drug trafficker Robert Pollybank Gee arrested in Phuket, Thailand after five years on run.

A fugitive who fled drug trafficking charges in South Australia five years ago has been arrested in Phuket, according to Australian media reports.

Robert Pollybank Gee has been the subject of an Australian arrest warrant since July 2011, when he fled the country while awaiting trial on serious drug charges.

Robert Gordon Pollybank Gee
Date of Birth – 21/11/1958
Eyes – Blue
Height – 177cm
Hair – Grey
Build – Large
Complexion – Fair

In 2006 South Australian Police executed search warrants on a number of houses. As a result Police seized more than 7 kilograms of Amphetamine, more than 8 kilograms of Cannabis, over 8000 LSD and 6000 Ecstasy tablets, a quantity of Cocaine, 2 firearms, ammunition and over $245,000 in cash. Police allege that GEE was the ring leader and was instrumental in the sale and supply network of illicit drugs

Gee, 57, was allegedly involved in a cocaine and amphetamines racket that was brought down when police seized A$1.2 million worth of drugs and A$264,000 in cash in 2006.

Thai police arrested Gee on Tuesday night at a bar on Bangla Road in Patong, in a joint operation with the Australian Federal Police, the newspaper reported.

Thai police said Gee had a fake passport in the name of a Canadian national, and that he refused to say where he had obtained it.

They allege Gee managed to enter Thailand in 2011 by dodging immigration checkpoints and had been in Phuket since 2013.

Gee was taken into custody in Phuket and is likely to be the subject of an extradition order to South Australia.

Before fleeing Australia, Gee had been granted eased bail conditions to allow him to travel to Fiji, Indonesia and Thailand but he had returned without incident each time.

Gee was believed to have skipped bail after learning that one of his co-accused in the drug racket had provided a police statement outlining his alleged role.

Gee faces 11 charges including taking part in the sale of cocaine and methamphetamines. His alleged co-offenders have already received lengthy prison terms for their involvement.

An extradition hearing in Thailand is expected in the coming days before Gee is flown back to Adelaide.

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