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Chon Buri Police arrest 30 people in luxury resort gambling raid

Neill Fronde

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PHOTO: Police arrested 30 people at an alleged luxury resort gambling den. (via Pattaya News)
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A luxury resort hosting an alleged gambling den was raided by Chon Buri police with 30 suspected gamblers taken into custody. Chon Buri police raided the resort in Takean Tia sub-district of Bang Lamung yesterday afternoon. Police reported confiscating various gambling paraphernalia and cash in the raid.

The raid stretched for over 5 hours with the police arriving around 3 pm and not finishing their investigation and arrests until 8:30 pm according to witnesses on-site at the time. Chon Buri Provincial Police took the 30 people accused of illegal gambling at the resort into custody and transported them to the Bang Lamubg Police Station where they will face multiple charges stemming from the gambling and also for violating Covid-19 restrictions.

Police seized as evidence gambling cards and equipment as well as an undisclosed amount of cash at the scene of the alleged gambling den. An investigation is being carried out into the alleged betting venue as well as the 30 people arrested, who are scheduled to go before a judge later.

Thailand has some of the most strict laws regarding gambling, which is completely outlawed in the country. It has also been traced to be the source of a significant amount of Covid-19 outbreaks and is said specifically to be a contributing factor to the spread of the virus in the Eastern provinces.

The Emergency Decree still in effect in Chon Buri also prohibits all large gatherings, for the exact reason of avoiding Covid-19 spread that gambling dens previously proliferated, so those arrested will face additional charges for violating the decree, which itself can carry up to 40,000 baht in fines and 2 years in prison.

SOURCE: The Pattaya News

 

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Neill is a journalist from the United States with 10 years broadcasting experience and national news and magazine publications. He graduated with a degree in journalism and communications from the University of California and has been living in Thailand since 2014.

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