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

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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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27 migrants allegedly disguised as monks arrested on illegal entry charges, Bangkok abbot under investigation

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Immigration police arrested 27 Cambodians for allegedly entering Thailand illegally and impersonating Buddhist monks. Police say the migrants allegedly disguised themselves as Buddhist monks at Wat Talom in Bangkok’s Phasi Charoen district. The temple’s abbot is also under investigation for allegedly assisting and hiding illegal migrants.

Police searched the temple after receiving a tip that hundreds of monks lived in crowded rooms, conditions that officials worry could lead to a cluster of Covid-19 infections.

“We received a tip-off that the temple had several hundred monks living in a crowded space that could become a hotspot for Covid-19… People also reported that some monks from this temple were selling food they received from the public in the morning to merchants at nearby markets for reselling.”

Police asked for identification documents from the more than 200 migrants at the temple. 181 monks from Myanmar, India, Cambodia, Laos and Bangladesh had proper documents, but police say 27 Cambodians had no identification documents. The 27 Cambodians were arrested and charged with illegally entering the country and impersonating Buddhist monks.

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CCSA mulls the easing of Covid-19 restrictions

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Late night diners rejoice. Your option to eat all that great Thai food around the country looks to be back on the table as the government looks to lift some of the current restrictions on dining and business operating hours. Deputy Prime Minister and Public Health Minister Anutin Charnvirakul has announced that they’re likely to lift restrictions on dining, currently set at 9pm, by the end of this week.

The Thai Restaurant Association have been lobbying hard for an extension of the opening times for in-restaurant dining times to at least 11pm.

The CCSA will gather on Friday to assess the current Covid-19 situation and decide if the extension is viable at this time. But the Public Health Minister maintained that alcohol will still be prohibited and other precautions like hand-sanitisers at entry points and social distancing will still need to be strictly applied.

Speaking to Bangkok Post, Anutin said the alcohol ban must remain in place for now.

“If violations of the alcoholic beverage-drinking ban are found at any restaurants, they can’t simply get away with claiming that it was their customers who brought the alcohol to drink at the restaurants because the ban applies to ‘alcohol drinking’ at restaurants in particular, not only alcohol selling or serving.”

Meanwhile, PM Prayut Chan-o-cha says the easing of various restrictions around the country will be looked at on a case-by-case basis depending on the outbreak situation in each area. The early clusters in the four eastern coastal provinces of Chanthaburi, Chon Buri, Rayong and Trat, for example, appears to have eased and the local governors are pleading with the government for some relief from the strict restrictions on their provinces. Chon Buri has had a run of days over the past week where there has been no new Covid infections reported to the CCSA.

Yesterday there was a surge of new cases uncovered by a strategic track and trace program in Samut Sakhon, but the government says it will base its decision to ease restrictions around the county on the overall outbreak situation province by province. Provincial governors have also been given powers to add or modify national restrictions, a different situation from the April and May 2020 ‘lockdowns’ which were much more restrictive.

959 new Covid-19 infections were announced yesterday, 844 of them were found through the track and trace operations in Samut Sakhon, the ground zero for Thailand’s latest outbreak which kicked off 5 weeks ago and has now spread to most provinces.

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Thai DJ Celebrity party is likely to be “super spreader” event

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The birthday party of Techin Ploypetch, better known as “DJ Matoom”, is now considered a super-spreader source of Covid-19, with 19 people already found infected after attending the event. According the CCSA spokesperson during the daily briefing today, “Transmissions in Bangkok should be highlighted. They show the possibility of a person becoming a super-spreader”.

The birth of the super spreader birthday party started with a guest to the DJ’s party who had visited a well-known entertainment venue in Chiang Mai between January 1 and 4. He sought a Covid-19 test on January 5 following news that infected people had visited the pub, but tested negative. He should have self quarantined for 14 days, but he still flew to Bangkok and then attended the DJ celebrity’s birthday party on January 9.

DJ Matoom says he met the guest, one of his friend, on January 9, but that friend didn’t know he was infected until January 19 in which he told Matoom.

According to Dr Tanarak Plipat, now acting inspector-general of the Public Health Ministry, an infected person can transmit disease to two others on average, while a “super spreader” will transmit to multiple people.

DJ Matoom and the party’s guest were criticised of violating the disease control measures.

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