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Dawn raid on Phuket prison finds no contraband

Dawn raid on Phuket prison finds no contraband

PHUKET: Police and prison officials staged a surprise dawn raid on Phuket’s second prison, in Bang Jo, Thalang, searching prisoners, their quarters and their lockers for drugs, mobile phones and other contraband.


By Eakkapop Thongtub

Friday 4 July 2014, 02:46PM


Police go through prisoners' lockers.

Police go through prisoners' lockers.

During the raid yesterday morning (July 3), they also conducted drug tests on 68 prisoners selected at random. All tested negative (though the results of blood tests will take a few days), and the search turned up no illegal items, allowing officials to declare the facility a “white” prison.

Although the prison is less crowded than the Provincial Prison in Phuket Town, and is generally for minor offenders, security is nevertheless strict, and a close lookout is kept by guards for anyone attempting to throw items from outside into the prison or smuggle them in during visiting times.

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