A New Zealand ex-pat living in Thailand has been sentenced to
more than four years in prison for drug charges, local news
Garry Halpin, 52, was a tourist police volunteer in Phuket
when he was arrested in December after police found 18.45
grams of crystal methamphetamine, drug paraphernalia, a
digital scale and cough syrup in his room at Chalong Villa
Resort and Spa.
According to the Phuket Gazette website, Halpin confessed to
the drugs charges he was facing in his trial, reducing his
original sentence of nine years and eight months in prison by
The original fine of 500,000 baht was also reduced to 250,000
He is now due to serve four years and 10 months behind bars.
"Garry was a tourist police volunteer who always helped the
Chalong Police to communicate with tourists," Lieutenant
Colonel Jarun Bangprasert of the Phuket Provincial Police
told the Phuket Gazette.
"He worked closely with police, and used this connection to
convince foreigners that he could do what he wanted, right or
A tip-off from a 25-year-old arrested in Rawai led police to
Halpin. The 25-year-old was arrested the day before Halpin
was taken into custody.