Kiwi Gary Halpin jailed in Phuket for drugs
An ex-pat Kiwi in Thailand has been locked up for more than four years for drug charges, local media reports.
Phuket tourist police volunteer Gary Halpin, 52, was arrested in December after police found more than 18g of crystal methamphetamine, drug paraphernalia, a digital scale and cough syrup Chalong Villa Resort and Spa, the Phuket Gazette reported.
Halpin was originally sentenced to nine years and eight months in prison and fined 500,000 baht (about NZ$18,000) but his sentence was halved after he confessed to the charges.
He was now due to serve four years and 10 months behind bars and pay a fine of 250,000 baht, Thai media reported today.
Lieutenant Colonel Jarun Bangprasert of the Phuket Provincial Police told the Gazette Halpin worked closely with police and used that connection to convince foreigners he could do what he wanted.
The arrest came after police received a tip-off that Halpin on-sold drugs to tourists and teenagers in the area.
Originally from New Zealand, Halpin has lived in Phuket for more than 15 years and been a long-time volunteer at Chalong Police Station, Phuket News reported.