A NIGERIAN man who had been deported upon being arrested on a cocaine possession charge was arrested in Phuket today (May 10) after sneaking back into the country through natural channels, Thai Rath newspaper said.
A Phuket Immigration and Chalong police station team arrested Mr. Harrison Shinonzo Onyema, 40, for illegal entry. Found in his possession was a digital scale suspected for weighing drugs.
After police investigation revealed that an African man was selling drugs, such as cocaine, and running a romance scam online they got a warrant to search his house in Rawai subdistrict, Mueang Phuket district.
Upon arriving there and knocking at the door, the suspect refused to open it. Police then heard the toilet flush several times, believed to get rid of illegal substances, after which he did allow them to come in.
A police search did not find anything illegal in the premises but the suspect also failed to show his passport.
Upon checking his ID card police found out that the suspect had been arrested in possession of type two narcotic, cocaine, and overstaying in 2018 and deported.
However he returned to Thailand by crossing over from Cambodia via natural routes with there being no record of his legal entry.
He was taken to Chalong police station for legal action with police to expand investigation.
A pixelated image of the Nigerian man arrested in Phuket. Photo: Thai Rath