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Patong police net weapons, cards and kratom in third day of five-day crime sweep

PHUKET: As part of their five-day campaign – July 15 to 19 – to sweep Patong of crime, police last night (July 17) revealed their latest arrests and seizures which included a gun, a knife, two decks of cards, B500, several motorbikes and a small amount of kratom and cannabis.

By Eakkapop Thongtub

Saturday 18 July 2015, 08:17AM

A total of nine suspects were arrested in one raid at 4pm of the V6 Snooker Hall on Phra Meta Rd in Phuket's prime party town.

The first suspect, Mr Kuntachat Vibooncharoenphon, 40, was caught with possession of a .38 Colt pistol and six live rounds. Though the weapon was registered, the suspect charged for bringing a weapon into a town, village or public without necessary urgency.

Similarly, a second suspect, Mr Kunshit Rucksa, 34, was charged for having posession of a knife in town without any necessary urgency.

Seven more suspects were rounded up for playing rummy, forbidden by Thailand's Gambling Act.

As evidence, police seized B500 and two decks of cards.

Also yesterday, police were staking out a hillside hideaway off Phrabaramee Soi 7, where they believed a group of 7-8 teenagers were going to to take drugs in secret.

New Paths Retreat

However, by the time police moved in for the bust, the teens had caught wind and fled by foot. At the hideout jungle shack police found a bushel of fresh kratom, a bottle of boiled kratom drink and remnants of cannabis on a cutting board. Police also discovered six abandoned motorbikes nearby and seized them to expand their investigation.







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christysweet | 21 July 2015 - 11:44:10

Stop this waste of resources criminalizing plants and card games that are in no way a threat to anyone.  I'd like to see police pulling over dangerous drivers instead- that's the real concern to public safety.    

Chris Kratom | 20 July 2015 - 03:57:03

2 decks of cards? and the equivalent $14.60? Is this a joke?  Or are they really arresting people for this?  Gun? I can see. But the rest is just stupid.

| 20 July 2015 - 01:04:55

And 11 dimwits to do it. They "raided" another few gamblers in Pattaya the other day in possession of 140B. 555555

jsrit | 18 July 2015 - 17:00:58

Wow 500 baht? They found the stash of cash....

flyfisher | 18 July 2015 - 10:59:00

They can't be serious...! Arrested for playing Rummy...? What a laughing stock...

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