Suspected British Drug Trafficker Arrested on Samui

British national Jonathan Moorby, 47, center seated, talks to police at his house Monday in Koh Samui, Thailand. Photo: Associated Press

KOH SAMUI Police say they have arrested a British man wanted in his own country on a drug trafficking conviction.


The Narcotics Suppression Bureau says 47-year-old Jonathan Michael Moorby was detained in a joint operation with Interpol on an island in southern Thailand.

Police said Tuesday that Moorby had fled England before a court sentenced him to 15 years in prison for trafficking cocaine and amphetamines.

Police said they will charge Moorby with possession of a fake passport and illegal entry into Thailand before he is deported to Britain.