Thai police arrest American in drug ring operating in Asia, including S'pore
BANGKOK (AP) - Police in Thailand arrested an American and five other suspects wanted by the United States for allegedly running an international drug trafficking network that spanned Asia and the US.
Joseph Manuel Hunter, 48, and his alleged accomplices were arrested on Wednesday on the resort island of Phuket as part of a sting operation launched at the request of the US Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA), said Thai deputy police chief Somyot Pumpanmuang.
He called Hunter a "leading drug lord" wanted for drug smuggling, trafficking and other international crimes, which he did not specify.
"This group was considered to be a big network that spanned many countries,", including Thailand, Myanmar, Singapore, Malaysia, Indonesia, Taiwan, Hong Kong and the Philippines, Mr Somyot said.