NZ man arrested for drug dealing, illegally running restaurant in Phra Singh

A New Zealand man was arrested for allegedly dealing drugs and running a restaurant illegally in Phra Singh last night, Aug. 13.

The raid and subsequent arrest took place at Spades Bistro & Bar on Samlarn Road, near the Suan Pung Gate along the southeast side of the moat at 10 p.m.

The arrested man, Mr. Michael Garnet Eden Holt, 55 originally from Auckland was allegedly living in Chiang Mai on a retirement visa while running Spades both without an appropriate visa and work permit.

In addition, police also found drugs at the premises – 64 ecstasy tablets, 9.92 grams of cocaine and an unspecified amount of ketamine.

Along with being charged with working without a work permit and appropriate visa he was also charged with possession of Type 1 and Type 2 drugs and possession of Type 1 drugs for “illegal sale” in reference to the ecstasy tablets.

According to Thai language reports, Holt has allegedly confessed to the crimes although Chiang Mai One can not independently confirm that.

Should Holt be found guilty he is facing a sentence of between one to five years and a fine of 20,000-100,000 baht for possesion under the Psychotropic Substances Act 2518 (1975) and up to life imprisonment and a fine of 100,000 – 5,000,000 baht for dealing under the Narcotics Act 2522 (1979).