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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 treatmentas 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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    RA

    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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      Rip255

      Sunday, January 10, 2021 at 10:11 am

      Who keeps the cash obtained during these busts?

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        Jeff

        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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      Ynwaps

      Sunday, January 10, 2021 at 10:21 pm

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

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    EdwardV

    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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      Ussr

      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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    Yan

    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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    Yan

    Sunday, January 10, 2021 at 9:50 pm

    When will be the 16000000 Thai gamblers be arrested?

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Asia’s biggest drug kingpin is under arrest in the Netherlands after years of authorities chasing him worldwide. 57 year old Tse Chi Lop, a Chinese-born Canadian citizen, was arrested by Dutch police acting on a request by Australia’s federal police.

The UN Office on Drugs and Crime named him as the suspected leader of the Asian mega-cartel known as “Sam Gor”, a major producer and supplier of methamphetamines worldwide. Tse is commonly compared to the Mexican drug lord Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman.

Sam Gor is suspected of laundering billions in drug money through businesses such as casinos, real estate and hotels in Southeast Asia’s Mekong region. Australia’s federal police said Friday’s arrest came after a 2012 operation that arrested 27 people linked to a crime syndicate spanning five countries. The groups was accused of importing large amounts of heroin and methamphetamine into Australia, according to police.

“The syndicate targeted Australia over a number of years, importing and distributing large amounts of illicit narcotics, laundering the profits overseas and living off the wealth obtained from crime.”

The arrest of Tse Chi Lop almost 10 years after that operation’s launch is a major break for Australian authorities. The country’s attorney-general will now begin preparing a formal extradition request for the alleged drug lord to face trial.

Most of Asia’s meth comes from “Golden Triangle” border areas between Laos, Myanmar, Thailand and southwest China. The production of methamphetamine, either in tablet form or the highly potent crystalised “ice” version, take place in Myanmar’s eastern north Shan state. Ketamine and fentanyl are also produced there as well, mostly in ‘portable’ labs that hide underneath the thick rainforest canopy.

In 2018 alone, Thailand netted more than 515 million methamphetamine tablets, a number 17 times the amount for the entire Mekong region 10 years ago. Traffickers are constantly finding more creative ways to ship their products as drug busts are featured daily on the news in those regions.

SOURCE: The Bangkok Post

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2 shot dead at Phuket Bus Terminal Saturday night

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Police say 2 men were gunned down at the Phuket Bus Terminal by a colleague at the terminal along the stretch of Thepkasattri road heading into Phuket Town last night. The incident happened at about 10:15pm with the local police chief arriving along with medical staff from Vachira Hospital shortly after the incident.

60 year old Wian Iadchuthong, the alleged gunman, was waiting to surrender at the scene when police arrived. Police say Wian appeared to be drunk and told them he had a serious argument with the 2 men and decided to take their lives with the gun. Police say they found 50 year old Yod Sae Lee lying on the ground in front of a taxi service stand, badly wounded. He was given CPR before being rushed to Vachira Hospital where he was pronounced dead.

54 year old Prakob Chuthong was also found lying dead by the counter of a 24 hour car park service kiosk. Police say he had been shot 2 times, once in the left side of his head and once in his left rib cage, according to Bangkok Post.

Witnesses say before the shooting, Wian was quietly drinking alone. But after getting drunk, he walked to the counter of the car park service kiosk and allegedly fired 2 shots from a 9mm gun at point-blank range, killing Prakob instantly. Wian then ran towards Yod, who was sitting in front of the taxi service stand. Yod saw Wian coming at him with the gun and he ran away to 1 side of the terminal building, only to be intercepted by Wian who allegedly fired 5 shots. Yod was hit 1 time in the head, 2 times in the torso and 2 times in the legs. Yod was also rushed to Vachira Hospital where he later died.

An initial police investigation found that the 3 were close colleagues at the workplace, but often engaged in heated fights over motorcycle taxi and taxi services at the bus terminal.

SOURCE: Bangkok Post

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29 arrested in Pattaya for smoking shisha above Indian restaurant

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Police are investigating an Indian restaurant where they arrested 29 people for a late night party in Pattaya’s Soi 7. The incident took place at 12:30am at a 5 story building which had the first 3 floors closed. Police say the venue was actually operating as a shisha lounge, pool hall, and bar.

The raid was based on a tip from an undercover officer who had previously confirmed the location was open and operating. When police entered the building, they found 29 people either smoking shisha, or hookah pipes, while others were playing pool, or snooker. Police say they found 18 hookah pipes (as distinct from 18 hookers).

In Thailand, shisha and hookah is illegal. 11 foreigners from India, Cambodia, and other countries were found at the venue. The remainder were Thai nationals. All 29 were arrested and taken to the Pattaya Police station where they will face charges under the Emergency Decree Act, the Communicable Disease Act and possession of an illegal substance.

Police say they don’t know who owned or managed the venue and they claimed many of the people present were “playing dumb” in terms of how they knew about the venue or who was responsible for it. Police say they will be interrogating and interviewing those arrested today to determine who should be held responsible. They also seized documents from offices on the top floor relating to ownership.

Pattaya is a “highly controlled” zone as set by the Centre for Covid-19 Situation Administration, which sees it under the toughest rules in the country in order to curb the spreading of Covid infections. Chonburi has seen 0 new cases in the past 3 days, sparking anticipation from residents and business owners for the strict measures to relax. Health authorities say they will review the measures at the end of the month, but are not promising to make a change.

SOURCE: The Pattaya News

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