A Nigerian drug suspect did a runner after being tracked down by Samui police, Thailand on Sunday, August 5.
Koh Samui policemen and soldiers had to chase down Chinedu Victor Okeke, who jumped out of a window of his rented house, climbed over the fence and dashed into a temple where he was finally pinned down.
Tourist and Immigration police together with some soldiers headed to a rented house in Bophut, after the Koh Samui district chief suspected the foreign tenant was selling drugs on the tourist island.
But 45-year-old Okeke wasn’t going to surrender without a chase. He quickly climbed out of the window, climbed over the fence it and ran into Wat Laem Suwannaram temple.
But the police and soldiers in hot pursuit caught him there and brought him back to the house.
A search found that the suspect had hidden 4 bags of powder cocaine, weighing 2.5 grams, behind an electrical switch. Within a box containing imported alcohol was hidden 12 bags holding 11.3 grams of cocaine cubes and 27 tubes of the same drug weighing 271.6 grams.
The suspect confessed that the cocaine was his and that he’d bought it from a Nigerian friend. He said he sold the drugs to both Thai and foreign tourists for 1,000-18,000 baht at various entertainment venues on the island.