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Alleged Aussie drug kingpin in Thai jail

AAP logoAAP 23/09/2016 Ron Corben

An Australian man who allegedly oversaw a multimillion-dollar drug trafficking network is expected to be extradited in October to face charges in South Australia.

Robert Gordon Pollybank Gee, 58, originally from NSW, was arrested on the resort island of Phuket earlier this month and initially faced charges of illegal entry to Thailand.

Police sources say Gee has been transferred to Bangkok's remand prison where he will face additional charges of holding a false Canadian passport.

In 2011, Gee fled Australia ahead of court proceedings that allegedly linked him to a major drug trafficking network in South Australia.

In 2006, Gee was arrested as part of a SA police operation codenamed Crunch which recovered cocaine and methamphetamines worth $1.2 million and $264,000 in cash.

Gee reportedly escaped to Thailand after becoming aware a co-defendant had provided police with detailed information of his alleged involvement in the network. He was later listed among Australia's most wanted.

Thai police said Gee had been living in Phuket since 2013.

In a joint operation Thai police with support from Australian Federal Police arrested Gee while he was sitting at an outside bar in Phuket.

Investigators said a provisional arrest warrant will be issued by Australian authorities that will trigger the process of Gee's extradition to Australia, which is likely to take place in late October.

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