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PM Prayut Chan-o-cha to form committee to investigate illegal gambling

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PM Prayut Chan-o-cha has ordered the Thai government to form an investigation committee to crackdown on illegal gambling in response to the outbreak at a Rayong gambling venue. The spike in cases linked to illegal activity has caused problems for health officials who have been trying to track down elusive gamblers to contain the spread of the virus.

The prime minister says the investigation committee will consist of officials from Thailand’s Security Department, Department of Special Investigation, the Anti-Money Laundering Office and Narcotics Control Board.

“We can’t deny that most people are still joining gambling, which is illegal in Thailand. This is a matter of the officers who have to cooperate and solve this problem. Wherever is the source of infectious disease, they must be eliminated as quickly as possible.”

The national police chief Suwat Jangyodsuk also recently ordered a crackdown on illegal gambling joints in response to the recent outbreak at the Rayong gambling den.

After officers from Thailand’s Central Investigation Bureau raided a Bangkok gambling den, a Bangkok police chief and 5 senior officers were transferred for alleged negligence of duty. The Metropolitan Police Bureau will investigate to determine whether the officers had any involvement in the illegal gambling operation.

Chon Buri and Rayong police chiefs were also both transferred after reports of Covid-19 cases linked to gambling dens in the provinces.

Under the newly-ordered government investigation, Prayut says they will track down “influential figures” who might be involved in the illegal activities.

“We insist that we will use legal measures to arrest those who are involved and destroy all gambling dens found.”

SOURCE: Pattaya News

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    Jeanluc Alcaina

    Wednesday, January 6, 2021 at 5:43 pm

    What is the name of this stupid guy from the government who mentioned that there was “NO” illegal gambling in Thailand ?????

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    Galaxy

    Wednesday, January 6, 2021 at 5:44 pm

    What is the name of this stupid guy from the government who mentioned that there was “NO” illegal gambling in Thailand ?????

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      James Pate

      Wednesday, January 6, 2021 at 5:52 pm

      Deputy Prime Minister Prawit Wongsuwan.

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    Keith

    Wednesday, January 6, 2021 at 5:57 pm

    Another committee that will do nothing

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    Ernie

    Wednesday, January 6, 2021 at 6:00 pm

    Another talk-fest, where people get paid to do nothing.

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    Bigsleazypappa

    Wednesday, January 6, 2021 at 6:07 pm

    Simple answer to all this BS, make gambling legal like most countries. It’s 2021 and if people want or need to gamble so be it!! Draconian laws it’s time to move forward just imagine all the revenue taxes and jobs it will create. It would be a new economy that everyone knows would prosper

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      Ozvenison

      Wednesday, January 6, 2021 at 6:13 pm

      It Ok for the Army to control horse racing and gambling in Bangkok and Chiang Mai though ???
      All a bit of a joke 🙂

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    Toby Andrews

    Wednesday, January 6, 2021 at 6:16 pm

    I bet he does not.
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    .
    Here in Cambodia they just spread a mat on the pavement, and gamble with cards.
    Where is the harm. Of course there will be losers, but they all have an equal chance, which is not as the Thailand government lottery offers …

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      Gosport

      Wednesday, January 6, 2021 at 8:28 pm

      A mat on the pavement is called fortune telling.

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    Johnny Dee

    Wednesday, January 6, 2021 at 6:20 pm

    I totally agree with you bigsleazypappa if they only knew what product they could have it’s astronomical when thinking about the product!!

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    Ipissonjohn

    Wednesday, January 6, 2021 at 6:21 pm

    And you wonder why people are upset? “I’ve done nothing wrong”

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    Ian

    Wednesday, January 6, 2021 at 7:20 pm

    Well he wont have to investigate far most of the committee will be involved in gambling and brown envelopes

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    TS

    Wednesday, January 6, 2021 at 9:19 pm

    watch out you evil illegal gamblers- fearless leader pcoc is on the case-ever vigilant.just as he was with the 50/50 scammers and air polluters a couple weeks ago ?

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    Peter

    Wednesday, January 6, 2021 at 9:57 pm

    Around 25 or so years ago a daughter of a very famous person toured Walking Street accompanied by the top brass. They later announced “There is NO prostitution in Pattaya” I nearly fell of my bar stool laughing. Nothing seems to change here, they powers that be, all seem to have faulty vision

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    Ben

    Wednesday, January 6, 2021 at 10:03 pm

    COVID is hurting the corrupt activities and bringing them out into the open. Illegal migrant workers, prostitution in Myanmar and gambling being the latest activities uncovered.

    When countries make a pleasurable and/or profitable activity illegal there will always be underground activity. In Thailand these illegal activities are protected by graft so will not change. Just a PR exercise.

    BTW, the DPM who said there wasn’t any illegal gambling is the watch guy from a few years ago. Not sure why he came out and made that announcement right after a few gambling dens were uncovered.

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    Toby Andrews

    Wednesday, January 6, 2021 at 11:31 pm

    This is the first time I have had a good look at his medals.
    He has the order of the white elephant, very appropriate, and the the coronation mdeals, automatic it seems for any government person that was alive at the time, and the gallantry in action medal.
    What action?
    I can find no reference on the internet he has ever been in action.
    Anyone know of this action?

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    Galaxy

    Thursday, January 7, 2021 at 12:21 am

    Rather a big job because he has to investigate also after the cockfigtings

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    Yan

    Thursday, January 7, 2021 at 7:43 pm

    Gambling dens…Prostitution…bars…all are in the hands of the corrupt officials… Do something about that mister PM.

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    crispy

    Thursday, January 7, 2021 at 9:35 pm

    Well at least the “dirty falang” are off the hook.
    Now we know it’s “the stupid Thais”.

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    hobb

    Saturday, January 9, 2021 at 9:41 pm

    He should form a committee to clear himself of snipering dead that General 8 years ago in front of Central world while giving an interview to a tv news reporter.

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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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Asia’s biggest drug kingpin arrested in Netherlands

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Asia’s biggest drug kingpin is under arrest in the Netherlands after years of authorities chasing him worldwide. 57 year old Tse Chi Lop, a Chinese-born Canadian citizen, was arrested by Dutch police acting on a request by Australia’s federal police.

The UN Office on Drugs and Crime named him as the suspected leader of the Asian mega-cartel known as “Sam Gor”, a major producer and supplier of methamphetamines worldwide. Tse is commonly compared to the Mexican drug lord Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman.

Sam Gor is suspected of laundering billions in drug money through businesses such as casinos, real estate and hotels in Southeast Asia’s Mekong region. Australia’s federal police said Friday’s arrest came after a 2012 operation that arrested 27 people linked to a crime syndicate spanning five countries. The groups was accused of importing large amounts of heroin and methamphetamine into Australia, according to police.

“The syndicate targeted Australia over a number of years, importing and distributing large amounts of illicit narcotics, laundering the profits overseas and living off the wealth obtained from crime.”

The arrest of Tse Chi Lop almost 10 years after that operation’s launch is a major break for Australian authorities. The country’s attorney-general will now begin preparing a formal extradition request for the alleged drug lord to face trial.

Most of Asia’s meth comes from “Golden Triangle” border areas between Laos, Myanmar, Thailand and southwest China. The production of methamphetamine, either in tablet form or the highly potent crystalised “ice” version, take place in Myanmar’s eastern north Shan state. Ketamine and fentanyl are also produced there as well, mostly in ‘portable’ labs that hide underneath the thick rainforest canopy.

In 2018 alone, Thailand netted more than 515 million methamphetamine tablets, a number 17 times the amount for the entire Mekong region 10 years ago. Traffickers are constantly finding more creative ways to ship their products as drug busts are featured daily on the news in those regions.

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2 shot dead at Phuket Bus Terminal Saturday night

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Police say 2 men were gunned down at the Phuket Bus Terminal by a colleague at the terminal along the stretch of Thepkasattri road heading into Phuket Town last night. The incident happened at about 10:15pm with the local police chief arriving along with medical staff from Vachira Hospital shortly after the incident.

60 year old Wian Iadchuthong, the alleged gunman, was waiting to surrender at the scene when police arrived. Police say Wian appeared to be drunk and told them he had a serious argument with the 2 men and decided to take their lives with the gun. Police say they found 50 year old Yod Sae Lee lying on the ground in front of a taxi service stand, badly wounded. He was given CPR before being rushed to Vachira Hospital where he was pronounced dead.

54 year old Prakob Chuthong was also found lying dead by the counter of a 24 hour car park service kiosk. Police say he had been shot 2 times, once in the left side of his head and once in his left rib cage, according to Bangkok Post.

Witnesses say before the shooting, Wian was quietly drinking alone. But after getting drunk, he walked to the counter of the car park service kiosk and allegedly fired 2 shots from a 9mm gun at point-blank range, killing Prakob instantly. Wian then ran towards Yod, who was sitting in front of the taxi service stand. Yod saw Wian coming at him with the gun and he ran away to 1 side of the terminal building, only to be intercepted by Wian who allegedly fired 5 shots. Yod was hit 1 time in the head, 2 times in the torso and 2 times in the legs. Yod was also rushed to Vachira Hospital where he later died.

An initial police investigation found that the 3 were close colleagues at the workplace, but often engaged in heated fights over motorcycle taxi and taxi services at the bus terminal.

SOURCE: Bangkok Post

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29 arrested in Pattaya for smoking shisha above Indian restaurant

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Police are investigating an Indian restaurant where they arrested 29 people for a late night party in Pattaya’s Soi 7. The incident took place at 12:30am at a 5 story building which had the first 3 floors closed. Police say the venue was actually operating as a shisha lounge, pool hall, and bar.

The raid was based on a tip from an undercover officer who had previously confirmed the location was open and operating. When police entered the building, they found 29 people either smoking shisha, or hookah pipes, while others were playing pool, or snooker. Police say they found 18 hookah pipes (as distinct from 18 hookers).

In Thailand, shisha and hookah is illegal. 11 foreigners from India, Cambodia, and other countries were found at the venue. The remainder were Thai nationals. All 29 were arrested and taken to the Pattaya Police station where they will face charges under the Emergency Decree Act, the Communicable Disease Act and possession of an illegal substance.

Police say they don’t know who owned or managed the venue and they claimed many of the people present were “playing dumb” in terms of how they knew about the venue or who was responsible for it. Police say they will be interrogating and interviewing those arrested today to determine who should be held responsible. They also seized documents from offices on the top floor relating to ownership.

Pattaya is a “highly controlled” zone as set by the Centre for Covid-19 Situation Administration, which sees it under the toughest rules in the country in order to curb the spreading of Covid infections. Chonburi has seen 0 new cases in the past 3 days, sparking anticipation from residents and business owners for the strict measures to relax. Health authorities say they will review the measures at the end of the month, but are not promising to make a change.

SOURCE: The Pattaya News

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