Last Thursday, Thai investigative police raided a condo in the suburbs of Bangkok – the hideout of an alleged drug smuggler who had been on the run for months.
The man, who went by the name Jimin Seong, was described to police as a “good looking Korean man,” with wavy hair and smooth skin.
But appearances can be deceiving.
The suspect’s real name is Saharat Sawanjaeng, police said in a news release on Friday. The 25-year-old, a Thai national and Bangkok resident, had attempted to reinvent himself as a “Korean man” by changing his name, his haircut and undergoing multiple plastic surgery procedures “until his face had completely changed,” said the release.
Before and after photos provided by the police show a dramatically different look, with earlier photos bearing little immediate resemblance to the man pictured afterward.
Saharat has been wanted since last year for allegedly importing more than 2,500 grams and 290 tablets of MDMA, commonly known as ecstasy or molly, into Thailand. He is allegedly a major source of the drug spreading in Bangkok and the capital city’s surrounding area, said the release.
However, he had seemingly vanished – until police received rumors of the drugs being traced back to a Korean dealer, prompting their investigation.
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