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British Expat Stephen Peering Arrested for Possesion and Overstay



Stephen Peering, a 45-year-old British man


PHUKET –  Thai Immigration police have arrested 45-year-old British man, Stephen Peering, on charges of exceeding his permit to stay by two years, and possession of marijuana.

The arrest was made at the same resort, off Taina Road in Karon, where a Swedish man was arrested on drug charges last Thursday.

Capt Angkarn Yasanop of the Phuket Immigration Police said they received a report from our undercover officers to investigate Stephen Peering, a 45-year-old British man who was staying at the resort.

When we arrived there we found him walking around the mansion so we asked him for his passport. He said it was in his room. But when we got to his room he acted nervously, and told us that he had lost his passport.

Officers smelled something like marijuana so they asked to search his room and found a bag of marijuana inside a drawer. But it was a tiny bag.” They also found his passport, which had long expired.

Checks showed that Peering arrived in Thailand from Myanmar via the Mae Sai Immigration Checkpoint in Chiang Rai on February 21, 2011. He was granted a two-week tourist visa, which expired on March 7, 2011.

Since then he had not left the country. He was sent to Karon Police Station to be charged.



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