Danish man arrested, facing charges after Pattaya drug dealing sting at local hospital coffee shop
51-year-old Mr John Finn whose real name is Oersted Meyer Jensen was identified by police after the arrest. They have confirmed he is being charged with possession and dealing in category 1 and 2 illegal narcotics. As well as having his assets seized, the bald-headed Dane is facing, at the minimum, a stiff prison sentence as punishment and possibly the death sentence.
A Danish man is facing at a least decades long jail term or even a death sentence after he was arrested by undercover police at a hospital coffee shop in Pattaya this week in a carefully planned sting operation by Provincial Police Region 2 centred on the pretext of a sex and drugs party. Police later seized property valued at ฿11 million.
Police in Pattaya have arrested a 51-year-old Danish man in the resort city after he was caught in a sting operation planned by police.
Details of the arrest were given in the past 24 hours by senior police officers with Provincial Police Region 2.
These included Police Colonel Dulyaphat Techaporn and Police General Nong Mak Fai, the Head of the Drug Enforcement Administration for Sa Kaeo Province.
Man named by police as Oersted Meyer Jensen
The man arrested by police was named as Oersted Meyer Jensen also known by the alias Mr John Finn. It is understood that police are aware that the Dane has been active in the drug trade in Pattaya for the last 6 to 7 years and was increasingly successful.
The bald-headed Dane was a known point man for foreigners in the city as well as catering to Thai customers.
Following his arrest, police announced that they have moved to seize up to ฿11 million in assets from the European. Police sources believe that Mr Jensen had paid for the assets out of his drug trading activities.
Undercover police operation led to the Dane’s ruin culminating in a meeting at a hospital coffee shop
His downfall, this week, came about after undercover police approached him about purchasing sex party drugs for a forthcoming get-together.
A rendezvous with the Danish man was agreed at the coffees shop operated by Starbucks at the Bangkok Pattaya Hospital where the European drug dealer was to hand over the drugs.
Police arranged to have other undercover officers at nearby within the café observing the Dane’s movements and his meeting with the would-be drug purchaser.
Bulk of the drugs deal for crystal methamphetamine
The bulk of the proposed drug trade was made up of crystal methamphetamine, a type 1 category prohibited drug in Thailand and one of the most addictive and dangerous. Mr John Finn was selling the narcotic substance at ฿1,000 per gram.
The undercover policeman was seeking 10 grams and had earlier made contact with the European to arrange the deal. The Dane had first told the officer that he would require a ฿5,000 deposit and this was paid.
As part of the deal, the Dane threw in liquid ketamine and other psychotropic substances for the planned orgy.
Ordering a coffee was the signal to swoop
The undercover officer had agreed with his accompanying police team that once he was satisfied that Mr John Finn had the drugs with him, he would rise to go to the counter to order a coffee. That was the signal that led a police team to swoop on the stunned Dane wearing beige pants and red shoes.
Handcuffed and placed under arrest, police took him outside where they examined his high powered red Honda motorbike. It was one of up to four vehicles including a car which were later seized by officers in addition to a house and reportedly 4 to 5 condominium units.
Police find drug addicts staying at the Dane’s condo
At one of the apartments where the Danish man lived, police found a number of Thai drug addicts waiting for him who appeared to be staying there.
At the condo, police retrieved a variety of drugs including 12 grams of crystal methamphetamine, a tablet form of the sex drug Kamagra and 89 grams of liquid ketamine.
Criminal charges to be the subject of a criminal prosecution before the Pattaya Provincial Court
Following his arrest, Pattaya police have announced that the Danish man has been charged with possession of a range of drugs including category 1 and 2 substances with intent to sell. He has also been charged with distributing certain modern drugs which is now also an offence under the criminal code.
He will be brought before Pattaya Provincial Court.
Prospects are grim for Mr John Finn
51-year-old Oersted Meyer Jensen is facing a long jail term given police evidence of his extended activity in the drug dealing trade and based on this week’s seizure at the hospital coffee shop as well as at his apartment in Pattaya.
The law in Thailand offers no comfort to those who deal in drugs.
Court precedents involve life sentences extending to decades in prison and even the death penalty for the most serious offences, are a matter of routine when it comes to the punishments handed down for organised dealing in illegal narcotics. Circumstances present a grim prospect for the accused.
The death penalty is often avoided if the accused admits the crime before the final sentence is handed down by the court.
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James Morris is a pename for an international writer based in Bangkok who works on various international news media. He is a sub editor with the Thai Examiner news website since it began in 2015. Son Nguyen is an international writer and news commentator specialising in Thai news and current affairs. He commenced working with the Thai Examiner News Desk in May 2018.