Suspected drug smuggler sent back to US after arrest in Thailand
BANGKOK (AP) - An American described as a "leading drug lord" with a network spanning Asia and the United States was sent back to the US on a government-chartered plane following his arrest in Thailand, authorities said on Friday.
Agents from the US Drug Enforcement Agency were sent on the flight to escort Joseph Manuel Hunter, 48, and five other suspects arrested during a sting operation on the resort island of Phuket, said Thai deputy police chief Somyot Pumpanmuang.
The flight was bound for New York where an arrest warrant has been issued for the six men, he said.
Hunter and his suspected accomplices - identified as two Brits, a Slovak, a Filipino and a Taiwanese - were arrested on Wednesday during a sting operation launched at the request of the DEA following a lengthy investigation into the suspected drug gang, police said.