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Phuket village chief caught in gambling raid

PHUKET: Police arrested 15 gamblers in a raid in Wichit early yesterday morning (Mar 26), including the village headman of Moo 1 in Chalong.

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Monday 27 March 2017, 11:19AM

Officers led by Col Akanit Danpitaksarn, a Deputy Commander of the Phuket Provincial Police together with Wichit Police Deputy Superintendent Lt Col Pisit Chuernpet raided the Eat n Sleep restaurant on Wirat Hongyok Rd at 1:30am.

“There were 15 gamblers with gambling items and B45,470 cash,” said Col Akanit.

Also seized in the raid were the plates, number card and other items used in playing the classic Thai gambling game ‘Shrimp & Fish”, as well as a notebook of bets placed and winnings and betting chips marked to the value of B1,202.

“They were all taken to Wichit Police Station to face charges,” Col Akanit added.


Of the 15 gamblers, Col Akanit singled out Chalong Moo 1 village headman Pradit Ongsantipharp among those arrested.

“He had been arrested previously for gambling in June 2015,” Col Akanit said.

No other gamblers were named.



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Kurt | 27 March 2017 - 18:47:20

They all look quite relaxed as to them the arrest is just a big joke.
Sure it will be not their first 'arrest'.
The photo shows:... Here we are, what do you want?...Hahaha

Some of the B45,470 will change hands for 'understanding'.
After facing charges, sent home, and all forgotten.
(sure the money was counted correctly?)
After all, this is just a arrest of influential people at low level. 

And the Village headman will remain village headman.. Don't worry, be happy, up to his next 3rd 'arrest'.

With the right State Prosecutor and high ranking RTP officers( see Bangkok airport smuggle affair) they can smile, nothing to fear.

What is the reason that you can gamble in Singapore, Malaysia, Cambodja ( casino's owned by thai influentials)but not in Thailand?

If people like to gamble, let them gamble, it keeps them of the streets doing other naughty things.

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BenPendejo | 27 March 2017 - 12:48:22

Boy...all those criminal gamblers look pretty terrified of this police action... NOT!!!

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