|Thai-Online||Date: Sunday, 18.11.2018, 09:19 | Message # 1|
|However ... hedgehogs prick, curse, but continued to eat the cactus. In Thailand, Australian citizen and his wife were sentenced to death for attempting to smuggle drugs. They wanted to take 500 kilograms of methamphetamine through Thailand to Australia.|
Luke Cook, a member of the notorious biker gang of Angels of Hell, and his Thai wife, 40-year-old Kyanarat Vechapitak, were caught at Suvarnabhumi Airport in Bangkok in December of 2017. They were accused of trying to smuggle methamphetamine in the amount of the order of 300 million US dollars to Australia, using Thailand for transit.
The court issued a death sentence for the couple, but it is quite likely that the penalty will be replaced with life imprisonment. The representative of the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade did not comment on the verdict to the Australian, but noted that the Australian government provides consular assistance to the convicted person.
“Due to our circumstances, we will not provide further comments on confidentiality,” said the spokesman in a statement.
Cook was accused of coordinating drug trafficking from China to Thailand aboard a yacht. Once an illegal cargo was transported, it was dropped overboard in the Thai province of Chonburi after Thai authorities noticed the yacht. About 50 kilograms of the drug, packaged in four packages, later washed ashore on the beach of Mae Ramphueng in Rayong province in June 2015 of the year.
The Thai authorities said that the Australian gang of Hell's Angels paid 10 $ 10 million to Cook for the purchase, storage and subsequent shipment of a drug consignment to Australia.
The police claim that Cook and his wife ran a boat rental business for Global Marine Solutions in Thailand and had connections with one of the Sydney-based members of the Hell Angels gang, as well as with drug trafficking Wayne Schneider, who was killed in Thailand in November 2015. The latter is believed to have paid Kuk money for smuggling 500 kilograms of methamphetamine to Thailand, so that it could then be shipped to Australia, where it was distributed.
As part of the investigation, Thai police confiscated all the assets of the criminal family, including luxury cars and motorcycles.