Inspector Sua’s gambling network busted

30 arrests, £160m assets seized

Image courtesy of Bangkok Post

A three-day operation targeting a criminal network allegedly connected to a former officer known as “Inspector Sua” has resulted in the arrest of 30 individuals. Law enforcement agencies conducted raids on 39 locations throughout Thailand, detaining suspects on charges of operating a secret organisation, gambling operations, and money laundering collusion.

National Police Chief, Pol. Gen. Damrongsak Kittiprapas revealed that significant progress had been made against the network since the initial operations began in February. To date, four operations have led to the arrest of 57 people and the seizure of assets valued at over seven billion baht. These assets include 1,298 rai of land, 15 luxury cars worth 52.8 million baht, and digital currencies amounting to 100 million baht.

Nineteen individuals implicated in the network are believed to have fled overseas, and arrest warrants have been issued for the key members, who are also asset holders. The land assets in question comprise durian orchards in Chanthaburi, a golf course in Kanchanaburi, seaside land plots in Phuket, and a penthouse in Bangkok.

Pol. Col. Wiwat Jitsophakul of the Crime Suppression Division disclosed that the network linked to “Inspector Sua” was responsible for one of the largest gambling operations in the country. Over 60 firms are allegedly involved, with seven directly providing gambling services and operating online gambling sites. The network’s revenue was estimated to have exceeded 10 billion baht last year. He said…

“These companies report no profits but hold massive assets. This corresponds with our information the gambling proceeds are transferred through mule accounts and turned into assets.”

Pol. Lt. Gen. Jirabhop Bhuridej, the Central Investigation Bureau (CIB) commissioner, stated that police are working closely with authorities in other countries to track down “Inspector Sua,” who has fled overseas.

“Inspector Sua,” or Pol. Lt. Col. Wasawat Mukurasakul was a police officer assigned to the public works division under the Office of Logistics of the Royal Thai Police. His alleged involvement in the online gambling network was exposed by former massage parlour tycoon Chuwit Kamolvisit, reported Bangkok Post.

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Mitch Connor

Mitch is a Bangkok resident, having relocated from Southern California, via Florida in 2022. He studied journalism before dropping out of college to teach English in South America. After returning to the US, he spent 4 years working for various online publishers before moving to Thailand.

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