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An alleged gambling den boss in Rayong has been arrested in the Muang district of the province this morning. The man, Somchai Chutikidecha, aka Longchu Somchai, allegedly operated a large illegal gambling den, which was thought to be the source of a major Covid-19outbreak. Police say he was found in a house surrounded by high walls, in Soi Ratsamakhi in Noen Phra sub-district.

Reports say Somchai went into hiding earlier after police raided a gambling den, with no one hearing from him until his arrest today. The illegal gambling den is attributed to hundreds of people in Rayong, Chanthaburi, Chon Buri and Trat provinces contracting Covid, resulting in the province being locked down. 118 gamblers were arrested on the day of the raid with police saying around 12 million baht circulated through the gambling den daily.

Following his claim that there was no illegal gambling den involved in a Covid-19 outbreak in the eastern province of Rayong, provincial police chief Papatdet Katephan was transferred. The order came from national police chief Suwat Chaengyodsuk as one of the patients has since died.

Deputy PM Prawit Wongsuwan also assured the public that there were no illegal gambling densin Bangkok as worries mounted that such unlawful gatherings could potentially spread the virus. He also didn’t mention the transfer of a Bangkok police chief and 5 senior officers for alleged negligence of duty following a gambling den raid in Bangkok’s Laksi area.

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    Jim kelly

    Thursday, February 11, 2021 at 8:42 pm

    NOT ALLEGED!!! HE WAS A GAMBLING DEN BOSS!! “Oooooohhhh, innocent until proven guilty!” MY ARSE!!

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      Anh Lam

      Saturday, February 13, 2021 at 6:24 am

      Give it a week or two and the Deputy PM will eat his words. NO ILLEGAL GAMBLING DENS! What he forgot to mention was the legal gambling dens operated by the ranking gen’s working for PM.

      By the way, why do you never publush my comments? Are they to soft? Do your job and speak what is written.

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    Ben

    Friday, February 12, 2021 at 5:24 am

    He’ll find out who to pay and minimize his punishment.

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    Toby Andrews

    Friday, February 12, 2021 at 12:12 pm

    A famous bank robber in the US was asked: “Why do you keep robbing banks?”
    He answered: Because that is where the money is.”
    If the police were asked in Thailand, “Why do you keep raiding gambling dens? They might give the same answer.
    I’m sure there is a lot of money laying around that the gamblers did not have time to stuff in their pockets . . .

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    Barry Betts

    Saturday, February 13, 2021 at 3:16 pm

    Just legalise gambling and make everyone happy simple as that!!! Bringing extreme amounts of foreign cash in the country LEGALISE please. It’s the way forward

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Police seize 920 kilograms of cannabis smuggled across the Mekong River

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In a major bust on the Mekong River, notorious for drug smuggling, border patrol police seized 920 kilograms of dried, compacted cannabis from a boat along the Nakhon Pathom riverbank, bordering Laos.

Police were tipped off about a large shipment of drugs being trafficked across the Thai-Laos border. Police spotted a boat around 4am yesterday. When police moved in, men onboard the boat jumped onto a smaller boat and sped off. Police found 23 sacks filled with 1-kilogram packages of compressed cannabis.

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In the recent months, police have seized more than 5 tonnes of cannabis. While the Thai government has been loosening measures on cannabis, allowing parts of the plant with low traces of the psychoactive component tetrahydrocannabinol, or THC, to be used in food and medicinal products, trafficking cannabis is still illegal. Cannabis with high amounts of THC is still classified as a Category 5 narcotic.

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Royal Thai Police accused of “ticket” promotion system to buy senior positions

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The Royal Thai Police are being accused of using so-called “elephant tickets” to buy their way into promotions and pay their way up the police force’s chain of command. The corruption among the police force and the buying of positions without meeting the requirements for a promotion has been a longtime problem, according to the Bangkok Post.

The “elephant ticket” issue was recently brought to light by an opposition MP at a censure debate who said it fast tracked the promotion system and allowed some people who were unqualified and undeserving to raise their rank. Some Thais have protested the “elephant ticket.” Many gathered in front of the Royal Thai Police headquarters in Bangkok last week, including one person who dressed up as an elephant.

At the censure debate on February 19, Move Forward Party MP Rangsiman Rome called out PM Prayut Chan-o-cha, who chairs the Police Commission overseeing the Royal Thai Police, and said the prime minister allowed the “elephant ticket” promotions. Prayut later said there were problems within the police force and that he would handle it.

Police who want a promotion need a ticket, which is basically just a reference or a stamp of approval from a senior officer or even a politician or business person. To get an “elephant ticket,” some can pay for the ticket. A source told the Post that positions for police superintendents cost between 5 to 10 million baht.

Others can get a ticket by doing favours for their superior or even just serving their superior for a long time, sources told the Bangkok Post. The higher the position a senior officer has, the more tickets they have to give out.

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Woman talks about the life of a Thai “pretty” after model’s death

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Following the news of a model who died after working as a hostess at a Bangkok party, Thai media spoke with a woman, known in Thailand as a “pretty,” about what it’s like to work in the lucrative, yet shady Thai model entertainment industry where many work as hostesses at parties and events that often involve alcohol, drugs and sex work.

“Miss Cake” told the Thai news outlet Daily News that pretties are sent to parties by “modelling agencies.” The parties are even categorized depending on if drugs or sex are involved. Apparently the parties are either “En-Up,” “En-V” or just “En” for entertainment. En-Up means drugs are involved, while En-V means the pretties will offer sexual services. Other pretties work at promotional events like auto shows. Since nightclubs and other entertainment venues in Bangkok have been closed due to the pandemic, many of the parties are now held at private homes.

If a pretty is working at an En-Up party, Miss Cake says that means there will be ecstasy, known as “khanom,” the Thai word for a dessert or snack. She says good “khanom” shipped from overseas costs around 900 to 1,000 baht while the poor quality, Thai-made drugs cost 500 baht. Just about every pretty takes drugs, she says. If mixed with ketamine, Miss Cake says it can be dangerous.

Daily News spoke with Miss Cake following the death of a 33 year old Witchayaporn “Wawa” Wisetsombat who worked died in a hospital after working as a hostess at a party in Bangkok’s Chatuchak district. She had been hired by a modelling agency to serve drinks at a private party. Her younger sister told the Bangkok Post that Wawa was a product presenter and never sold sex or used narcotics. Doctors told the Post Wawa died from respiratory and blood system failure. They are still waiting for the results for a toxicology test.

The death of another model back in 2019 shed light on the abuse and danger many pretties face in the industry. 25 year old Thitima “Lunlabelle” Noraphanpiphat died from “extreme alcohol intoxication,” according to an autopsy report. Her dead body was found in the lobby of a Bangkok condominium. 6 people were found guilty for involvement in Lunlabelle’s death.

Abuse is common in the industry and many women working as pretties are often pressured into drinking excessive amounts of alcohol. The work of pretties is looked down upon in Thai society. Due to the stigma, many due not file complaints when they are abused.

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