An Australian man has faced court in Cambodia for allegedly using and selling the drug ice, just years after being jailed in Thailand for drug offences.
Mark Robert Coutelas was arrested at a guesthouse by military police in the coastal city Sihanoukville on Monday over allegations he was selling and using crystal methamphetamine, provincial deputy military police commander Keo Sophal said.
The 57-year-old appeared at Preah Sihanouk provincial court on Tuesday afternoon and charged with the unlawful keeping, transporting or trafficking of narcotics.
Court spokesman Lim Bunheng said Coutelas had “admitted” to previously being sentenced to two years imprisonment in Thailand for “drug trafficking”.
Mark Robert Coutelas is known by Australians everywhere as the actor who played Solo Man, the iconic action hero from the 1990s TV ads.
Coutelas is being detained at Preah Sihanouk provincial prison and will face court at a later date.
According to Thai reports, the 57-year-old, was arrested at an apartment on the resort island of Phuket allegedly in possession of a hand gun, ammunition and a small amount of crystal methamphetamine in 2014.
In a post on his Facebook page in May 25, Coutelas responded to a question about where he was, saying: “Living in Sihanoukville Cambodia at this minute in Phnom Pehn. I LOVE CHANG CLUB!!! I miss you buddy. Me blacklist (sic) for (sic) Thailand 110 years (sic).”
Earlier this year, he also posted that he had begun a new business Back Pain Solutions Sihanoukville, describing himself as Dr Mark Coutelas – an Australian chiropractor with 30-plus years experience.
He describes himself as “Living a simple happy life in the present moment without causing anyone or anything any pain”.
A spokesperson for Australia’s Department of Foreign Affairs (DFAT) said it “stands ready to offer consular assistance, in accordance with the Consular Services Charter, to Australians who are arrested or detained overseas”.