Pattaya, Chonburi —
An alleged Estonian drug dealer on Interpol’s red notice list was arrested in Pattaya after being on the loose for four years, according to Chonburi Immigration officials.
Pol. Col. Thanawat Poonsawat, police chief of the Chonburi Immigration Center, and other relevant officers arrested Janno Ojaste, a 39-year-old Estonian alleged drug dealer on Interpol’s red notice list issued on February 1st. The suspect was wanted by the Estonian police for alleged large drug possession and distribution.
The Chonburi police, in collaboration with the Investigation Immigration Division, conducted an investigation and discovered Janno “hiding” on Soi 5 near Pratumnak Rd, Pattaya, Bang Lamung, Chonburi. On May 17th, he was apprehended by police for having an expired visa that had been ineffective since December 8th, 2018.
The suspect was sentenced to three years in prison and a 4,000 baht fine by the Pattaya Provincial Court for overstaying, but his prison sentence was commuted to two years of parole.
According to the Immigration Act of 1979, the suspect would be expelled from Thailand after serving his sentence. Thai officials were reportedly working with Estonian officials for the suspect’s deportation.