The case stems from a December 2020 bust.
When: February 7th, 2021
Where: Hua Sai district, Nakhon Si Thammarat province
Perpetrators: Mr. Hatchai Niyomdecha, 37
What: The lucky man whose story of finding an ultra rare “melo pearl”, which has a vibrant orange color and is estimated to be worth 10 million baht, was arrested on February 6th, 2021 and is being detained at the Pak Phanang provincial court in Nakhon Si Thammarat.
Mr. Hatchai had received an offer for 5 million baht from a Thai buyer, but was holding out for a 10 million baht offer from a Chinese buyer who was flying to Thailand and going to do quarantine before seeing the pearl.
The parents of Mr. Hatchai told reporters that the police raided the son’s home. The case stemmed from an arrest warrant due to police finding 10,000 yaba tabs on December 7th, 2020, at an abandoned home about 300 meters from the family’s home. The family admitted that the son was addicted but was undergoing treatment and denied the claim he was a drug dealer.
The court has denied bail to Mr. Hatchai.
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My take: Well, this was an unexpected turn of events!
I was very excited for this man because he said he was going to use the money to change his and his family’s destiny.
It’s interesting that the old drug bust comes to light now that he has an orange pearl worth 10 million baht…
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