A criminal suspect from New Zealand wanted by the US Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and New Zealand Police was arrested in Thailand, Thai police reported on Wednesday, October 19th.
Thai National Police reported that Shane Ngakuru, 43, was captured in the Lat Krabang District of Bangkok on Tuesday after being wanted by New Zealand’s criminal court on June 24th, 2021, over several charges including alleged illegal business conspiracy and drug trafficking.
He was also listed as one of the prime suspects from the Comanchero MC (CMC), an international criminal and drug organization operating in New Zealand, Police Lieutenant General Jirabhop Bhuridej, Commander of the Central Investigation Bureau (CIB), stated.
According to the investigation prior to the arrest, Ngakuru had entered Thailand in 2020 and overstayed his visa while staying and running several businesses with his Thai wife in Phuket. After realizing that he was being hunted by the authorities, Ngakuru fled to stay at a rented house in the Samut Prakan province. However, the police eventually tracked him down and arrested him at a shopping mall in the Lat Krabang district.
His identity was confirmed by the New Zealand authorities before being deported to the United States for prosecution and then plans are for him to be deported again to New Zealand for more legal charges.
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