Australian Bikie Sentenced To Death In Thailand
Luke Cook and his Thai wife Kanyarat Wechapitak attempted to smuggle half a tonne of methamphetamine to Australia.
Cook was arrested in December last year over a failed plot to bring the drugs to Australia from Thailand in 2015.
The pair were sentenced to death by a Thai court on Tuesday.
The drugs, which were valued at $300 million, were dumped off the coast of Chonburi, in the southeast of Thailand, were dumped from a yacht after it was spotted by Thailand authorities.
The yacht was sailing from China to Thailand , News Corp reported.
Four of the dumped sacks, together containing about 50 kilograms of the drugs, washed up on Mae Ramphueng beach in June 2015.
Thai authorities claimed Cook was a member of the Pattaya branch of the Hells Angels, and the bikie gang had paid Cook $10 million buy the drugs and organise the shipment to Australia.
Thai police searched nine locations in Pattaya and Bangkok at the time of their arrest, and seized luxury properties, cars and 20 million baht.
The Department of Foreign Affairs would not comment directly on Cook's case, but confirmed to 10 daily it was assisting an Australian in Thailand.
"The Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade is providing consular assistance to an Australian in Thailand in accordance with the Consular Services Charter," it said.
"Owing to our privacy obligations we will not provide further comment."
Local media has reported the sentence will be downgraded to life in prison.