Pattaya Police raid illegal karaoke bar, arrest owner and 5 Myanmar nationals

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Pattaya City Police officers last night raided an unlicensed karaoke bar, catching five Myanmar nationals working there without the proper permits. The police have charged the bar’s caretaker and the five employees with various legal violations, including operating without official permission and selling alcohol unauthorised.

During the operation, led by Surachet Eneksri, the deputy chief of Pattaya City Police Station, and Pichit Chamhuap, an officer from Pattaya City Police Station, law enforcement inspected the “Saikheng Karaoke” located on Soi Ko Phai, Pattaya South, Nongprue, Banglamung, Chon Buri. The authorities targeted the establishment for operating beyond legal hours without obtaining proper licences and selling alcohol unauthorised.

Upon entry, the police found the bar functioning as a typical karaoke venue, complete with customers dancing and consuming alcohol. Officers immediately ordered the suspension of all activities, turning off the music and switching on the lights to check identification cards and search for illegal items. No drugs were detected in any of the patrons’ urine tests conducted on the premises.

However, five Myanmar nationals were discovered among the clientele, admitting they were employees of the establishment responsible for drinking with the customers for socialising purposes. The police took the caretaker and five foreign workers into custody. They filed charges for selling alcohol without permission, operating an unauthorised service, and employing foreign nationals without permits.

The accused will now face legal proceedings as per the established judicial process.

Another similar incident happened in Phuket yesterday. A crackdown on illegal entertainment venues in Phuket Town continued as a bar was raided by authorities in the early hours of the morning.

Mueang Phuket District Chief Pairote Srilamoon led a team of officers from the Department of Provincial Administration (DOPA) in the raid on the ‘At Five’ bar at 1.30am. They were joined by Danai Jaikaeng, Deputy District Chief from the security division and members of the Volunteer Defense Corps. To read more click HERE.

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Nattapong Westwood

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