Carlo Kohl, shown arriving at Hervey Bay Police Station with Maryborough Police District detectives in 2010.
Carlo Kohl, shown arriving at Hervey Bay Police Station with Maryborough Police District detectives in 2010. Karleila Thomsen

Hervey Bay's German opal bandit arrested in Thailand

THE German opal bandit who trafficked drugs on the Fraser Coast has been arrested in Thailand.

Carlo Konstantin Kohl, 25, was on the run in Bangkok for two weeks after slipping away from Australian security guards at the airport while they were escorting him to Germany on May 16.

The Bangkok Post reported on Thursday evening Mr Kohl had been arrested by Thai police near the German embassy.

Mr Kohl was fined 6000 baht, and was put on probation for two years for illegally entering the country.

He fled from police in Hervey Bay in 2009 after officers intercepted a car with $165,000 worth of stolen opals in it.

Mr Kohl made ecstasy and marijuana drop-offs up for a River Heads man for a 20% commission between 2007 and 2009.

He was running up to 1000 ecstasy tablets a week worth about $25,000 including regular weekly drop-offs to Rainbow Beach.

He evaded capture until 2010, when he was found in Victoria.

Hervey Bay CIB detectives arrested him and escorted him back to the Fraser Coast to face court.

He was eventually jailed for nine years by the Brisbane Supreme Court in September, 2012.

Mr Kohl received parole earlier this year due to spending more than 800 days in pre-sentence custody and was being transported back to Germany to face outstanding charges.



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