Kiwi remains in Thai prison

SIOBHAN DOWNES
Last updated 15:17 01/02/2014

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A New Zealander arrested in Thailand for attempting to sell crystal meth continues to be held in prison while police await drug test results.

Former Aucklander Garry Halpin, 52, was arrested in Phuket in December last year on a charge of possessing crystal methamphetamine with intent to sell.

Thai police found him with eight grams of the drug, also known as ya ice, hidden in his pocket, and drug-related equipment, including scales.

Halpin, who has lived in Phuket for 15 years, denied the charge.

According to the Phuket News, Halpin appeared in court for the first time on January 20.

The hearing was held to consider an extension of his detention in custody while police continued their investigations, and no bail was granted.

He is currently being held in Phuket Provincial Prison.

Police are waiting for forensic scientists to assess the purity of the ya ice found on Halpin, the Phuket News reported.

The higher the quality of the drug, the longer Halpin could spend in prison if he is found guilty.

A local police officer told the Phuket Gazette the results of the drug test were expected by the end of February.

Police have until March 10 before the case will be taken to court, the Phuket Gazette reported.

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