BANGKOK (AP) — Thai police say they have arrested an American man wanted by the U.S. for allegedly running a drug trafficking network that spanned Asia and the United States.
Police say Joseph Manuel Hunter was arrested Wednesday on the resort island of Phuket as part of a sting operation launched at the request of the U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency.
Deputy Police Chief Somyot Pumpanmuang said Thursday that Hunter "was a leading drug lord" wanted for drug smuggling, trafficking and other crimes in Asia and the United States.
He said Hunter had served in the U.S. Navy and was expected to be deported to New York, where an arrest warrant has been issued for the 48-year-old.
A spokesman at the U.S. Embassy in Bangkok referred questions about the case to Washington.
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