PHUKET: Five men arrested in Phuket in the same operation that snared the alleged contract killer and US drug dealer Joseph "Rambo" Hunter were extradited to the United States today.

Escorted by armed police commandos, Britons Philip David Shackels and Scott Alan Stammer; Slovakian Alexander Lnu; Filipino Allan Kelly Perata; and Taiwanese Ye Tiong Tan Lim were taken from Bangkok’s Khlong Prem Prison to Don Mueang International Airport at 10am to board a plane to the US.

The five foreigners were arrested in Phuket along with Mr Hunter, a former US Navy Special Forces officer who allegedly ran one of the world’s biggest drug networks.