Overstay Guesthouse Raided in Bangkok, 11 Foreigners Arrested on Drug Related Charges
BANGKOK – The Proprietor of Bangkok’s Overstay Guesthouse Yuval Schwok has been arrested after a 100 members of mixed Thai Soldiers, DEA, Tourist Police, Regular Police, fully kitted out Squat forces, armed with guns and assault rifles, dogs, cameras, following noise complaints and smoke emanating from the building.
Drug tests were conducted on 25 unidentified foreigners found in the six-story venue, which also operates as a guest house. Police said six had traces of marijuana in their systems, one refused to be tested, and one was arrested on suspicion of possessing ganja (marijuana).
All backpackers were asked to provide a urine sample and pass a drug test. Police announced that six among those detained were found to have traces of marijuana in their urine, while another refused to be tested.
The manager of the guesthouse, Yuval Schwok from Jerusalem, was arrested with 22 grams of marijuana.
Bangkok police announced that Yuval would be charged with drug possession and intent to distribute.
On his Facebook page, Yuval posted a status update on his arrest and described how hundreds of police arrived at the guesthouse he manages. He further went on to describe how police are attempting to charge him with drug trafficking and that he hopes to be released on bail shortly.
The Israeli Foreign Ministry commented in response that they are aware of the case and the consul in Thailand will be offering assistance.
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