Connect with us

Phuket

Guns seized, staff test positive for drugs in Phuket beach mafia thug raid

Legacy Phuket Gazette

Published

 on 

PHUKET: Vice Governor Somkiet Sangkhaosutthirak and several high-ranking officials visited Nui Beach in Karon yesterday to investigate complaints by locals that mafia thugs were charging people a fee to use the beach.

“We received a complaint filed through the Damrongtham Center that some people had taken control of the area and were claiming it as their own private beach,” said Vice Governor Somkiet.

“These people were allegedly charging tourists an admission fee to use the beach. Locals have also heard gunshots coming from the bay at night.”

Local residents also claimed that the thugs were protected by soldiers and government officials, he added.

However, Chalothorn Chotianan, 46, the owner of the land that provides the only access to Nui Beach, claimed that he was not aware of anyone trying to charge visitors for using the sands.

“Everything is fine, I am not mafia and the land around the beach is legally my property. I have all the documents to prove it,” he told officers.

However, further investigation of the beach area by officers revealed a number of infractions, including encroachment on beach land.

“We found some building construction encroaching on the beach area, as well as two illegal handguns and four jet-skis with no operating licenses,” said V/Gov Somkiet, adding that five of Mr Chalothorn’s workers also tested positive for drugs.

“We ordered them to immediately demolish the buildings and also seized the two handguns and four unregistered jet-skis,” he said.

The five workers who tested positive for drugs were also arrested and will be charged, he added.

“This is not over yet, we will investigate further any involvement of officials and the ownership documents for land surrounding the beach area,” V/Gov Somkiet assured.

— Kritsada Mueanhawong

 

Get more from The Thaiger

📱 Download our app on Android or iOS
👋 Have your say on our Thailand forums
🔔 Subscribe to our daily email newsletter
📺 Subscribe / Join YouTube for daily shows
👍 Like/Follow us on Facebook
🐦 FOLLOW us on Twitter
📷 FOLLOW us on Instagram

image

Join the conversation and have your say on Thailand news published on The Thaiger.

Thaiger Talk is our new Thaiger Community where you can join the discussion on everything happening in Thailand right now.

Please note that articles are not posted to the forum instantly and can take up to 20 min before being visible. Click for more information and the Thaiger Talk Guidelines.

Click to comment

You must be logged in to post a comment Login

Leave a Reply

Archiving articles from the Phuket Gazette circa 1998 - 2017. View the Phuket Gazette online archive and Digital Gazette PDF Prints.

Follow Thaiger by email:

Bangkok4 hours ago

Bang Sue Station begins 150k vaccine booster shots tomorrow

Thailand5 hours ago

Thailand News Today | Expat “dual pricing” at Thai hospital lawsuit; Patong bars raided | September 23

Economy5 hours ago

PM Prayut announces a 5-point plan for the future economy

Sponsored1 day ago

HOMA is now offering fully-serviced, affordable lifestyle apartments in Phuket Town.

Welcome back to Thailand!

Thaiger is getting behind local businesses for the restart of tourism in Thailand - up to 50% discounts across all advertising packages!

Thailand6 hours ago

Khon Kaen restaurant busted for allegedly serving alcohol

Kanchanaburi7 hours ago

14 Burmese migrant workers arrested for allegedly illegally crossing the border

Chiang Mai8 hours ago

Cyclist unable to take steep hill plunges to his death in Chiang Mai ravine

image
Join the conversation on the Thaiger Talk forums today!
Thailand8 hours ago

Thaiger Bites | The eye of the Thaiger | Ep. 24

Coronavirus (Covid-19)8 hours ago

Thursday Covid Update: 13,256 new cases; provincial totals

Pattaya8 hours ago

Pattaya Man goes looking for food, later found dead in graveyard

Phuket9 hours ago

Minor Phuket entry revision: Covid-19 test within 7 days, not 3

News10 hours ago

Grenade attack kills ranger in Pattani

Pattaya10 hours ago

Reopening Pattaya: Will it happen next week or not?

Thailand10 hours ago

5 police kiosks set on fire in Bangkok, no injuries reported

Pattaya11 hours ago

Pattaya restaurant busted selling alcohol, 15 arrested

Thailand11 hours ago

Decision on Hua Hin Hospital “dual pricing” case set for next week

Thailand1 week ago

Morning Top Stories Thailand | Police to end protests, Human Trafficking | September 14

Thailand7 months ago

Thailand News Today | Thai Airways in rehab, All go for Songkran | March 4

Tourism7 months ago

Phuket’s nightlife. Yes, bars and clubs are still open | VIDEO

Phuket7 months ago

Thailand News Today | Covid passport talks, Thai Airways heads to court | March 2

Tourism7 months ago

Phuket Thai food treats you need to try | VIDEO

Thailand7 months ago

Thailand News Today | Bars, pubs and restaurants ‘sort of’ back to normal | Feb 23

Tourism7 months ago

In search of Cat & Dog Cafés in Phuket Town | VIDEO

Thailand8 months ago

Thailand News Today | Gambling crackdown, Seafood market to reopen, Vlogger challenge | Jan 21

Thailand8 months ago

Thailand News Today | Covid testing for visas, Business impact, Vaccine approval | January 19

Thailand8 months ago

Thailand News Today | Weekend Bangkok bombs, Thailand fires, Covid update | January 18

Thailand8 months ago

Thailand News Today | Stray car on runway, Indonesian quake, 300 baht tourist fee | January 15

Thailand8 months ago

Thailand News Today | Governor off respirator, sex-trafficking arrest, condo prices falling | January 14

Thailand8 months ago

Thailand News Today | Chinese vaccine, Thailand ‘drug hub’, Covid update | January 13

Thailand8 months ago

Thailand News Today | Bangkok may ease restrictions, Phuket bar curfew, Vaccine roll out | January 12

Thailand9 months ago

Thailand News Today | Covid latest, Cockfights closed down, Bryde’s Whale beached | January 11

Trending