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16 foreigners, 5 Thais arrested in Pattaya for illegal gambling




Pattaya police have arrested 16 foreigners and 5 Thais for illegal gambling in a Pattaya condo. They raided the Espana Condominium & Resort at 1am yesterday morning, arresting the lawbreakers, after receiving a tip that an illegal gambling casino was being hosted at the condo.

Officials found 21 people gambling inside rooms 517 and 518 located on the 5th floor. The people included 14 Chinese nationals, 5 Thais, a Cambodian and a Singaporean. Gambling chips, tables and cards were found and seized by officials.

An officer involved in the raid says the operation was part of a policy to contain the spread of Covid-19. After an initial investigation, police found that 5 of the Chinese nationals had overstayed their visas, and the Cambodian had illegally entered Thailand. All of those arrested were ordered to take Covid-19 tests.

In light of the recent findings of illegal gambling dens in Bangkok and the eastern provicens, Thailand’s national police chief transferred the commissioner of the Provincial Police Region 2 to an inactive position after illegal gambling dens in his region were found. Thailand’s deputy PM, Prawit Wongsuwan also scoffed at the very idea of illegal casinos and gambling dens existing in Thailand but has since walked back his comments.

The transfer circled around reports on gambling dens in Rayong, Chon Buri, Chanthaburi and Trat provinces, which led 4 police commanders of those provinces to be transferred out of their posts.

The national police chief has formed a committee to investigate the illegal gambling dens in Rayong and Chon Buri provinces after it was found that the gatherings were spreading Covid-19. The committee will also investigate if any local police officers were involved in allowing the illegal activities to continue, by way of bribe or leniency.

Now, officials are warning of stricter punishments for those involved in gambling, with a new order making it possible to penalise people who conceal their travel histories in Thailand.

Thailand’s Public Health Minister has also mulled making lawbreakers pay for their own Covid-19 treatment as he says it takes away from others’ medical treatment who did not contribute to the virus’ spread.

SOURCE: Chiang Rai Times


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    Sunday, January 10, 2021 at 9:17 am

    Isn’t this a RED area? Why aren’t people, especially the officials, wearing masks as per the law.

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      Sunday, January 10, 2021 at 10:11 am

      Who keeps the cash obtained during these busts?

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        Sunday, January 10, 2021 at 1:26 pm

        What cash?

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      Issan John

      Sunday, January 10, 2021 at 1:58 pm

      Exactly, RA. What an example! No masks worn by the police at all, not even round their necks or hanging off an ear.

      … and they must have known photos were being taken. Just what the hell are they thinking (or not thinking)?

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    Toby Andrews

    Sunday, January 10, 2021 at 9:50 am

    Thai Thais government should allow gambling. They cannot stop gambling and they do run gambling themselves. The lottery.
    Two places in Cambodia, just across the border are casinos. And it appears just across the Burma border.
    The Thais are losing a lot of tax and money that goes across the borders.
    But Thailand is a country that like to say, NO!

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      Sunday, January 10, 2021 at 10:21 pm

      But how can officals make money if drugs and gambling are regulated?

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    Sunday, January 10, 2021 at 10:13 am

    16 foreigners, 14 of them Chinese nationals. Who would have guessed, oh that’s right just about everyone.

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      Sunday, January 10, 2021 at 11:26 am

      Yeah Thai nazi always write like this
      Anything good Chinese will wrote in bold font 24px size
      Anything bad just foreigners)

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    Sunday, January 10, 2021 at 7:35 pm

    WOW! 16 Foreigners arrested for gambling….WHEN will they arrest 16.000.000 Thai for gambling?

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    Sunday, January 10, 2021 at 9:50 pm

    When will be the 16000000 Thai gamblers be arrested?

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