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Chiang Mai

Irishman faces up to 50 years in jail after being arrested on drug charges in Thailand

If convicted he faces a maximum sentence of 50 years in jail.

AN IRISHMAN HAS been arrested in Northern Thailand in relation to drug offenses.

The 23-year-old was arrested in Chiang Mai early last week.

The Chiangrai Times reports that he attempted to sell 1kg of marijuana to police officers for 200,000 baht (€5,100).

It’s reported that he was caught in a sting operation led by the Crime Suppression Division.

The Department of Foreign Affairs confirmed to that it’s providing consular assistance to an Irish citizen arrested in Thailand.

A video posted online shows the man being arrested and accusing the officers of setting him up.

It’s understood the man has now been remanded in custody pending further investigation and that it’s likely he won’t appear before the courts in Thailand until 2017.

Thailand is renowned for its stern approach with drug offenders. If convicted he faces a maximum sentence of 50 years in jail.

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