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Australian druglord arrested in Phuket after five years on the run

In 2011, Robert Pollybank Gee was awaiting trial in Southern Australia for his alleged leading role in a drug syndicate responsible for flooding the Australian market with cocaine and methamphetamines worth millions of US dollars. But Gee never went on trial: he dissappeared that year, after failing to attend a hearing. In the past 5 years he was believed to be in hiding in Thailand.

On Tuesday, he was found and arrested on the island of Phuket, where he lived the quiet life under the guise of a Canadian citizen. In his pockets, policemen found a fake passport under the name Roy Greyeyes. According to Phuket Tourist Police investigator, Major Colonel Nareuwat Phutwiro, Gee was detained outside of a bar Phuket’s Bangla Road tourist area.

“We found him at the bar. He was surprised to see us there,” said Mr. Nareuwat. The official added that Gee had arrived in Thailand in 2011 and had been living in Phuket since 2013.

phuketdrugsRobert Pollybank Gee was arrested in Australia in 2006, alongside four other men, in a narcotics enforcement operation coordinated by the Drug Investigation Branch. At that time, the police had found cocaine and methamphetamines worth $1.2 million and $264,000 in cash, belonging to the group. While waiting for the trial, Gee was allowed to travel abroad, and between 2007 and 2010 he visited Fiji, Indonesia and Thailand, but each time he returned to Australia.

In 2011, one of his former cronies, a man named Leslie Graham Richards, decided to testify against Gee’s role in the operation. Richards decided to turn against his business partner after he was sentenced to 11 years and 2 months in jail, without the possibility for parole in the first seven years.

At that point, Gee vanished. The alleged druglord was listed among Australia’s most wanted on the charges of narcotics and conspiracy and now faces extradition to his home country.

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David Nataf started his career as co-founder of Net Development, a leading French web integrators, employing 80 people. After the merger of Net Development with Reef publisher, David joined the law firm, Jean-Pierre Millet, with the defense of computer attackers and victimes specialty ("hackers") in cases between different organizations such as NSA or other members of the international interception 'Echelon' network from the UKUSA treaty or the US Air Force. He is the author of several books on information warfare, consultant for the European Parliament as an expert in computer security (SSI) and electromagnetic signals intelligence (SIGINT). David Nataf successively launched several start-ups of the Internet in the field of paperless technologies termination of contracts online ("resilier.com"); online subscription to early stage fundraising foreshadowing the model will retain more later the platform "gust.com", or free roaming mobile operators (MVNO). Given his specialty at the cross road of anti computer crime legal advising, Internet technology, media and anti-propaganda operations, David has naturally become an actor's influence on the Web, working for a think-tank representing french defense and Aerospace. He is architecting crypto farms and masternodes for cryptocurrencies in Asia and Israel technological parks. He graduated in Law from the Faculty of Paris, is a passionate graduated gemologist by Gemological Institute of America "GG", Gemmological Association of Great Britain "Cert-Ga", practical daily triathlon.

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