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PHUKET CITY: Phuket Governor Wichai Phraisa-ngop, some top officials and a lot of police officers crashed some of Phuket City’s most popular parties on Friday night – on the hunt for drugs and weapons.

But those who fret about the loose morals of Thailand’s youth of today will be relieved to find out the police came out empty-handed.

Gov Wichai, Vice Governor Smith Palawatvichai, Phuket Public Health Office officials, customs officers and Phuket City Police took part in the raids at the Kortormor, Sofa and Blue Marina nightclubs.

Revelers were searched for drugs and weapons and subjected to urine testing.

Their identification papers were also checked to ensure they were over 18 years old.

Not one was found to be breaking the law.

Gov Wichai said that random searches were nevertheless crucial in the fight against crime.

“There are more than 300,000 people registered as living here, as well as a lot of tourists and foreign workers,” he said. “Our 1,000 police officers and 70 volunteers just aren’t enough to check all the entertainment venues.”

“That’s why we carry out random searches,” he said. “We have to show people we’re serious in order to make them obey the law.”

— Kitima Pornmongkhonwat

 

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