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Bangkok nightclub raided, 150 people ordered to take a drug test

Caitlin Ashworth

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Police raided a nightclub in Bangkok’s Nana area at 3am this morning and ordered more than 150 people to take a drug test. The raid follows a report that the nightclub was selling baraku (shisha tobacco and hookah pipes are illegal in Thailand) as well as selling illegal drugs and operating without a permit.

In the bathroom of Insanity Nightclub on Sukhumvit soi 11, police say they found a white powder that they suspect is ketamine. Officers confiscated the powder as evidence. Police also seized the hookah pipes.

During the raid, police closed off the club’s exit and ordered the club goers to give a urine sample for drug testing. Preliminary results show that some tested positive for drugs. Reports don’t say how many people tested positive and for what drugs, but police say they will press charges against the customers.

“Once detailed testing and investigation are complete, we will file charges against the owner and customers… This establishment has clearly violated several orders of the National Council for Peace and Order, and is punishable by being shut down for five years.”

Police say they were tipped off with a report that the nightclub was allegedly breaking a number of rules: operating without a permit, selling baraku, selling illegal drugs, open past 4am and failing to abide by Covid-19 prevention measures.

Officers say the club goers did not follow coronavirus health measures. They say the people were dancing in a crowded space and were not wearing a face mask. (Clearly, the officers don’t go out much.)

SOURCE: Nation Thailand

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    Ynwaps

    Thursday, December 10, 2020 at 11:56 am

    So now they’re trying to make up for their laughable Ketamine bust by raiding nightclubs instead of doing road checks, where they aren’t allowed to do piss tests due to the inaccuracy of the test.

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    Pereceville Smithers

    Thursday, December 10, 2020 at 2:45 pm

    A jealous club or bar owner snitching.

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    Peter

    Thursday, December 10, 2020 at 3:47 pm

    Tea and key money hasn’t been forthcoming, it’s nothing to do with their laughable public health measures.
    Times are tough for the boys in blue as well.
    Greedy, corrupt Thailand.

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    Happy Tourist

    Thursday, December 10, 2020 at 4:34 pm

    Wow, closure for 5 years on this high tech nightclub, this hurts. Good bye goldmine…

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    Jeff

    Thursday, December 10, 2020 at 8:40 pm

    When will the police officers be submitting to unannounced drug tests?

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    David Mc

    Thursday, December 10, 2020 at 9:46 pm

    Sounds like the club owner didn’t pay off the right Law Enforcement or Government Officials.

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    Leo Z

    Friday, December 11, 2020 at 1:18 am

    Meanwhile the patrons who tested negative for drugs but had consumed a bucket of 6 Leo, each, got in their cars and on their motorbikes and went home, with no one batting an eyelid.

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Caitlin Ashworth is a writer from the United States who has lived in Thailand since 2018. She graduated from the University of South Florida St. Petersburg with a bachelor’s degree in journalism and media studies in 2016. She was a reporter for the Daily Hampshire Gazette In Massachusetts. She also interned at the Richmond Times-Dispatch in Virginia and Sarasota Herald-Tribune in Florida.

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