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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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    Tony Andrews

    Sunday, January 24, 2021 at 5:57 pm

    What no photographs showing the brave Thai police standing proudly with their captured Hooka pipes and wicked (dumb} Indians?

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      Slugger

      Sunday, January 24, 2021 at 6:29 pm

      No. You’ll have to use your imagination.

      If at all possible.

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        Tony Andrews

        Sunday, January 24, 2021 at 10:51 pm

        OK I’ll try

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      James Pate

      Sunday, January 24, 2021 at 7:51 pm

      They should to be having some photographs of these most illustrious premises as irrefutable evidence for the further prosecution of these ill-spawned ruffians in the most learned chambers the esteemed courts.

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      Perceville Smithers

      Sunday, January 24, 2021 at 8:47 pm

      No policeman would be proud to be associated with making that bust. They’d get more respect claiming to be meter maids.

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      7.62mm of darwin

      Monday, January 25, 2021 at 5:05 am

      I sometimes think that these group photos are lacking. They should have the janitor holding his mop, bucket, and broom to make it complete. I mean everyone else is there why not him/her or a wise looking monkey in the centre.

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    James Pate

    Sunday, January 24, 2021 at 7:46 pm

    “But I am assuring you sah, I am never seeing a hookah before. I am a happily married man, sah. I am thinking with my brain that you must be having some kind of prejudice against my good self, sah. Sheesh!”

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    Mr cynic

    Sunday, January 24, 2021 at 8:28 pm

    There seems to be a bit of an official crack down on thai hookahs in pattaya at the moment,about time too.

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    Bill

    Sunday, January 24, 2021 at 8:44 pm

    Criminals of the highest degree!!! The death sentence should apply here or minimal life in prison for smoking shisha. Cigarettes are ok tho.

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    Colin G

    Sunday, January 24, 2021 at 9:02 pm

    I trust that all the participants were socially distanced and wearing face masks or pop goes another THB 20k fine….

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    Barney B

    Sunday, January 24, 2021 at 9:29 pm

    Good on you MIB. Hope these assholes go away for a long time.

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    Leo Z

    Monday, January 25, 2021 at 12:47 am

    Seems to be open season on hookah smokers in Thailand. It’s the new “enemy”, coincidentally much easier to arrest/control than any other enemies. Meanwhile, drinking and driving/riding motosai continues unabated/business as usual. After all, it’s not like drinking and driving causes any death and destruction, at least not like hookah. Stay at least 10 meters away from any hookah smoke folks.

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    Social Observer

    Monday, January 25, 2021 at 10:24 am

    What a terrible crime! ROTFLMAO.

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    Stardust

    Monday, January 25, 2021 at 2:45 pm

    Thailand is the only country in the world where you get arrested for smoking shisha or e-cigarette. But corruption, killing cops with a ferrari on drugs and coups are legal!

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