Poker Player Busted for Dealing Drugs
Ventura County – Just a few years ago, Brandon Thaisamran, a 32-year-old resident of Thousand Oaks, appeared to have a promising future as a competitive poker player, as evidenced by his winning tournament record on www.cardplayer.com, where significant cash prizes appear under his name. If his November 6th arrest on charges of drug dealing are any indication, it appears as though his luck may have run out on both felt-top tables and on the mean streets of Ventura County.
According to Ventura County Sheriff’s Department spokesman Sgt. Jose Rivera, Thaisamran had been suspected of “selling illegal drugs to residents in Ventura and Los Angeles Counties” for some time, which led VCSD Detectives to monitor his movements in the middle of the day on November 6th. It was just after noon when he was tailed from Ventura County into Los Angeles County, where detectives observed him meet with another individual whom the cops “believed was there to purchase drugs from Thaisamran.”
Obviously not wanting to tip their hand too quickly, detectives then followed Thaisamran as he traveled back into Ventura County, whereupon the Thousand Oaks Police Directed Enforcement Team “conducted a traffic stop on his vehicle.” Not only was Thaisamran determined to be on probation, but he was also found to be under the influence of a controlled substance and in possession of more than 46 grams of methamphetamine, as well as “numerous prescription medications” and additional indicators that he was in the business of dealing drugs.
He was then transported to Ventura County Jail and booked on charges of possession for sales of a controlled substance, sales of a controlled substance, possession for sale of a designated drug, possession of drug paraphernalia, and being under the influence of a controlled substance.
Apparently, however, the illicit drug business being conducted by Thaisamran wasn’t without its benefits, as he promptly posted $50,000 bail and was released from custody.
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