Australian Man Arrested at Samui Airport with 96 Bullets and Disassembled Firearm

Samui Island, Surat Thani –

An Australian man was arrested at the Samui International Airport with 96 bullets and an object similar to a gun that appeared to be a dissembled firearm. He claimed he needed them for self-defense.

The Surat Thani Immigration Office told the Phuket Express today (December 22nd) that they have arrested Mr. Mark Bassett, 41, an Australian national, at the Samui International Airport. Seized from him was an object similar to a gun (in separate parts) and 96 bullets.

He told police that he bought the items from a Thai man near a grocery store in the Bo Phut sub-district on Samui Island and that he needs them for self-defense when travelling abroad.

Similar story in Phuket

An Israeli man has been arrested at the Phuket International Airport with 55 5.56 mm bullets.

The original version of this article appeared on our sister website, The Phuket Express, owned by our parent company TPN media.

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Goong Nang is a News Translator who has worked professionally for multiple news organizations in Thailand for many years and has worked with The Pattaya News for more than three years. Specializes primarily in local news for Phuket, Pattaya, and also national news, with emphasis on translation between Thai to English and working as an intermediary between reporters and English-speaking writers. Originally from Nakhon Si Thammarat, but lives in Phuket and Krabi except when commuting between the three.