Pattaya Police are once again cracking down on monkey business in the city’s bars.
Bang Lamung police said they found used condoms and illegal drugs after they raided a bar on Soi Pattaya Klang 12, located in the Nong Prue sub-district, early this morning. The raid on the Dragon Man Bar was led by the district chief Pisit Sitisawatnukun and Pattaya City Police.
Police discovered around 50 revellers drinking and dancing to music, with young men serving as bar hosts.
Police found plastic sachets containing powder believed to be drugs hidden in staff lockers, Bangkok Post reported. On top of the illegal drugs, lots of used condoms were found all over the place.
As a result, 14 men and one woman were arrested and taken to the Pattaya Police Station after testing positive for drugs in urine tests.
Pisit said the host bar was operating without a license, opening beyond the legal closing time of 2am, and allowing the use of drugs. The manager, who was not identified, was taken to the Pattaya City Police Station for questioning.
Pisit plans to recommend to Chon Buri Governor Thawatchai Srithong that the venue be considered for a five-year closure due to the illegal activities found on the premises.
Pattaya has long been known for its nightlife, renowned for its raging bars and clubs. This reputation has also brought with it a significant amount of illegal activity within these establishments.
In October last year, Pattaya Police committed to cracking down on drugs, booze, and other illegal activities in popular tourist areas. Police said they were stepping up their nightly patrols, searching for illegal drugs, alcohol, weapons, and prostitution. A patrol was launched on Pattaya Beach, with officers checking in on groups of teenagers to make sure that they weren’t drinking alcohol, consuming drugs, or carrying any weapons.
While the authorities have been making efforts to clean up Pattaya’s bars, the problem of illegal activity remains a significant issue in the city.
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