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U.S. Drug Fugitive Detained in Chiang Mai

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Sargent was arrested in 1987 with 100 kilos (220 pounds) of cocaine and sentenced to 15 years in prison, according to the Thai authorities.

 

CHIANGRAI TIMES – Thai police have arrested a fugitive drug convict from the United States more than two decades after he fled prison in his home country, officials said on Monday.

James Harold Sargent, 62, was detained in northern Chiang Mai on Friday after police found that he entered Thailand in October with a tourist visa before changing to a retirement visa.

His visa was revoked and he will be handed over to US officials, Police Lieutenant Colonel Prasart Khemaprasit said.

Sargent was arrested in 1987 with 100 kilos (220 pounds) of cocaine and sentenced to 15 years in prison, according to the Thai authorities.

He fled from jail in California in 1990 and has since been on the run in the United States and several other countries, they said.

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