Fri
29
Nov
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Manhunt for British Hells Angels kingpin after Thailand Sin City meth arrests

Three Australians arrested in Pattaya could face the death penalty for their roles in a huge transnational meth ring, and now police are searching for Christopher Depp who's believed to be the boss

Thai police are hunting a British gang kingpin after three suspected Hells Angels members were arrested in a series of drug raids.

Tihomer Stojic, 47, was detained in Buriram province on Thursday. Officers allegedly found 20 grams of methamphetamine hidden in the glove compartment and back seat of the Australian's car.

Simultaneous raids in Pattaya - a resort city near Bangkok dubbed "Sin City" for its high number of sex workers - saw fellow Australians Jamie Hansom, 46, and Steven Hovi, 58, arrested as well. Their Thai girlfriends were also taken into custody as well as Nigerian Chimezie Duru, 38.

Mon
28
Oct
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Australian Hell's Angels member arrested in Thailand over WA drugs charges

Thai police have arrested an Australian Hell's Angels gang member who is wanted on drug charges in Western Australia
Police say they arrested Luke Anderson last Thursday after meeting with Australian Embassy officials on the problem of outlaw motorbike gangs.
They say they have revoked his visa and will deport him.
Police told reporters in Bangkok yesterday that the arrest warrant dated back to 2017, but gave no details.
They said Anderson had been living with his Thai girlfriend in Pattaya, a coastal city notorious for crime and corruption.
The gang's presence in Thailand was highlighted in 2015 when the Australian head of Hell's Angels in Pattaya was bludgeoned to death and buried in a shallow grave in what was thought to be a drug-related dispute.
 
Tue
13
Nov
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Perth man Luke Joshua Cook has been sentenced to death in Thailand on drug smuggling charges

(video) --- A Perth man and his Thai wife have been sentenced to death after a failed bid to smuggle $300 million worth of crystal meth into Australia.

A Perth man and his Thai wife have been sentenced to death in Thailand on drug smuggling charges.

Father-of-two Luke Joshua Cook, 35, and his wife Kanyarat Wechapitak, 40, were arrested at Bangkok International Airport in December last year following a tip-off from local police, The Daily Telegraphreported.

The pair were sentenced to death after they attempted to smuggle half a ton of crystal methamphetamine — valued at $300 million — into the country.

Tue
06
Feb
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Briton Tied to Hell’s Angels Pattaya Member Arrested in Nakhon Sawan Province

NAKHON SAWAN – Pol Lt Col Dullayapat Techapornyasin of the Special Branch has informed Thai media that an alleged member of the Hells Angels Pattaya gang has been arrested in Nakhon Sawan province for overstaying his visa.

British National, Damon Wait, 42, was taken into custody by the Special Investigations Branch of the Royal Thai Police in front of a hotel in Muang district on Tuesday.

Pol Lt Col Dullayapat Techapornyasin said police have had the gang under surveillance since December as they potentially posed a threat to peace and security.

Hell’s Angel Gang Member, Wayne Snyder, was killed by other gang members over drug conflicts, he said.

While there has been no evidence that Mr Wait was involved in the murder, he was found to have overstayed his visa and moved to Chiang Mai.

He said Mr Wait had once been arrested during a raid on a drug party but was later acquitted.

Wed
27
Dec
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Death penalty for Australian over biker murder

An Australian man has been sentenced to death in Thailand for his role in the murder of a biker.

Antonio Bagnato, 28, was found guilty on Tuesday of killing Australian former Hells Angels member Wayne Schneider.

Schneider, one of New South Wales‘ 10-most-wanted fugitives in 2006, was abducted by masked men from his home in the Thai beachside town of Pattaya in 2015.

His naked body was found days later in a 2m (6ft) grave in the jungle.

Bagnato, a kickboxer and Schneider‘s former business partner, was convicted in the Pattaya Provincial Court of murder, deprivation of liberty and disposing of a body.

“The first defendant [Bagnato] is found guilty of all charges and according to the criminal code, the penalty is execution for the murder and deprivation of liberty, plus a year in prison for hiding the body,” Judge Sirichai Polkarn said according to the .

Sat
09
Dec
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Hells Angels clawing their way into Asia

FEW outsiders get to see inside the Royal Thai Police force’s highly trained Arintaraj 26 Special Operations Unit, whose name means “the king who is above all enemies” and is modelled on the fearsome German police GSG9 created in the wake of the Munich Olympics crisis.

But News Corp Australia was invited to witness the elite show-of-force training and assault rehearsals that organised crime groups including Outlaw Motor Cycle Gang figures are now seeing.

“That’s the kill room,” an officer said pointing to a scarred two-storey building into which heavily armed balaclava-clad troops rapidly shuffle through with their weapons on aim as they yell commands and encouragements to each other.

It’s a sure sign things are getting serious.

Wed
06
Dec
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"Clipping the Wings of the Angels" - eight Hells Angels arrested in Pattaya as "threat to Thai society"

A huge police operation swooped on five locations in the Pattaya area and arrested eight Hells Angels members.

 

They all face at least expulsion from Thailand and possibly a lot more after police claimed they were a threat to Thai society and discovered a cache of guns, knives and ammunition. 

 

Two cars were also seized in the raids at housing estates across Bang Lamung and Nong Prue.

 

The operation was mounted by the tourist police headed by chief Surachet Hakpan who has been tasked by the Thai government to clear up the foreign trash masquerading as tourists.

 

Surachet's men were assisted by 191 special branch, drugs suppression officers and cops from the Pattaya and Nong Prue stations who all appeared at tourist police HQ yesterday to announce the news.

 

Sun
26
Mar
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Hells Angels: Founding member of Thai chapter bashed as Australian bikies take over 'dark business'

"Sin" smiles a lot for a man who — until recently — was the Hells Angels enforcer in Thailand.

Key points:

  • Former Thai Hells Angel Thaksin "Sin" Monthonthaksin says he was bashed by three Australian bikies
  • He says Australians are moving the club into illegal activity
  • Thai drug cops say they are monitoring the Angels as a "well-known crime group"

 

Thaksin "Sin" Monthonthaksin was one of the founders of the outlaw motorcycle club's Pattaya branch a year ago.

But now he is worried about the direction it is taking.

"It's changed so much because there are many Australians, whose roles and power has been increasing," Mr Thaksin told the ABC.

Charity rides and oversized cheques are being replaced with what he describes as "dark business".

This struggle for power within the club came to a violent climax earlier this month.

Wed
22
Mar
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Aussie bikie arrested in Thailand

A Western Australian man, who is alleged to be a member of the Bandidos motorbike gang in Thailand, has been arrested on charges of extortion and threatening violence in the north of the country.

Derek Paul Gibson and Dutch man, Adrianus van Gool were arrested in Chiang Mai department store car park late last week, after police were told by another Australian man they were threatening to kill his family over unpaid debt-recovery fees.

The Australian informant, known only as Sandler in Thai media reports, said he met Gibson and van Gool at coffee shop late last year.

During the meeting he complained his business partner had defrauded him out of a substantial amount of money invested in a failed restaurant.

Sandler told police he didn't order Gibson or van Gool to recover the debt but rather to warn the former business partner to repay the outstanding funds.

Tue
07
Feb
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Australian Antonio Bagnato sentenced to death in Thailand over Hells Angel murder

Bangkok: Australian man Antonio Bagnato has been found guilty and sentenced to death by a Thai court for his role in the 2015 abduction and murder of Hells Angels gang member Wayne Schneider.

Antonio Bagnato, 28, was charged over the abduction and killing of Schneider, a former Hells Angel bikie, at a villa complex in the seaside resort of Pattaya, 150 kilometres from Bangkok, in 2015.

Australian man sentenced to death in Thailand

A Thai court has sentenced Australian man Antonio Bagnato to death for his role in the 2015 abduction and murder of Hells Angels gang member Wayne Schneider. Vision courtesy ABC News 24.

Bagnato, a kickboxer and one-time business associate of Schneider, had pleaded not guilty.

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