Thai police have arrested an Australian man and his Thai wife in connection with drug smuggling charges dating back to 2015.
Australian Luke Cook, 34, and wife Kanyarat Wechapitak, 40, were arrested at Bangkok’s Suvarnabhumi airport on Saturday, police said.
In 2016, Mr Cook was convicted of helping accused murderer Antonio Bagnato flee to Cambodia after the death of Hells Angels boss Wayne Schneider.
Mr Cook and his wife were wanted on suspicion of smuggling crystal methamphetamine in 2015, police said.
Assets worth 30 million baht ($1,216,102) belonging to the couple were seized, police said in a statement.
A lawyer for the couple said the two denied wrongdoing.
“These two haven’t done anything wrong,” lawyer Pipat Chanprakul told Reuters.
“They are pleading innocent.”
Police did not give details about the quantity of drugs the pair were suspected of smuggling in 2015, but said they were believed to have dumped drugs into the sea off the southeastern province of Chonburi after encountering a patrol boat.
Officials later found 50.45 kg of crystal methamphetamine washed ashore, police said.
East and South-East Asia are at the heart of the global trade in synthetic drugs, with drugs manufactured in — and trafficked from — the region causing serious public health problems in the region and other parts of the world, the UN Office on Drugs and Crime says.