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Officials arrest 22 Phuket gamblers, seize B16,000

PHUKET: Officers from the Military Circle 41 and Vichit Police arrested 22 people suspected of being involved in gambling during a raid on the Step Up pub in Vichit on Saturday night (Oct 15).

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Officers inspect the seized betting slips. Photo: Eakkapop Thongtub
Officers inspect the seized betting slips. Photo: Eakkapop Thongtub

The raid, which came after reports circulated that the venue was used for gambling, saw 600 betting slips and over B16,000 seized.

Maj Sathit Naikun of the Military Circle 41 and Wichit Police Chief Col Nikorn Somsuk led officers to raid the Step Up pub in Soi Jaroensap on the Muangtong-Khaokhad Rd in Vichit at 8:30pm on Saturday night after residents reported that people gathered inside the venue to participate in illegal football gambling.

Upon arrival, officials found the shop owner and staff gambling inside the venue. Police seized 600 betting slips, B16,545 in cash and three computers from venue, and 22 people were taken to Vichit Police Station to face illegal gambling charges.

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Maj Sathit said, “We received information from Vichit Police that illegal gambling has been taking place in the Vichit area.

“Following checks, Vichit police arrested two gamblers last weekend, then today we learned there were more gamblers so we led a team to check the area,” he said.

“I will have police in every police station check their respective areas and rid the areas of all illegal gambling,” he added.

 

 

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