Swedish tourist arrested for wandering on Pattaya Beach with a loaded gun and crystal meth

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A Swedish man was arrested by Pattaya police for carrying a loaded pistol and crystal methamphetamine in public.

Pattaya police asked to search the body of Mr. Mattias Engstrom, a 43-year-old Swedish tourist, under suspicion that he may have carried a weapon, local media reported yesterday, December 24th. Mattias was walking along South Pattaya Beach in front of Soi 13/3 when the police found him.

The man was carrying a “suspicious” green backpack and a small dark backpack according to police. Inside the dark backpack, police found a sachet of crystal methamphetamine, and inside the green backpack, police were surprised to find a gold Colt Defender .380 pistol with five bullets in its magazine. Aside from this, a boxful of bullets was also discovered in the green backpack.

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Mattias was taken to the Pattaya police station for questioning. The police said he entered Thailand on December 18th, 2022.

He reportedly claimed he found the gun and the ammunition in a plastic box in front of an unnamed go-go bar, so he just decided to keep it. The police then ran a drug test on him and reportedly detected an unnamed drug substance in his system. Eventually, the Swedish tourist was charged with possession of an unregistered firearm and ammunition, carrying a gun in public, and taking an illegal drug, officially ending his leisure time on the beach.

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Aim Tanakorn
The local news translator at The Pattaya News. Aim is a twenty-four year old who currently lives in Bangkok. Interested in English translation, story-telling, and entrepreneurship, he believes that hard-working is an indispensable component of every success in this world.