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Phuket Town gambling den raided, 27 arrested

PHUKET: Phuket City Police and soldiers from the 25th Infantry Regiment raided a townhouse in Phuket Town last night (Sept 11) and arrested 27 gamblers caught playing the local gambling game “Prawn-Fish”.

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Eakkapop Thongtub

Tuesday 12 September 2017, 12:17PM


Maj Surasak Pungyaem of the 25th Military Circle, based at the Royal Thai Army Region 4 headquarters in Nakhon Sri Thammarat, led the raid of 25 police and security personnel on a two-storey townhouse in the Saensuk Community area at 11pm after receiving a tip-off.

The officers arrived to find the front door locked, and forced entry into the home. Inside, they found 27 men and women of ages 30 to 70 gathered, “having fun” and playing the local gambling game “Prawn-Fish”, reported officers.

“There were 12 men and 15 women playing Prawn-Fish. They were in possession of B8,800 and had a table with gambling equipment on it,” one officer told The Phuket News.

Officers took about four hours to complete the raid and record the details of all the gamblers caught at the scene, the officer said.

The suspects were arrested and taken to Phuket City Police Station to be questioned by Maj Akkaradet Pongprom and Lt Col Pongpichan Chayanonpiriya.
Authorities later confirmed that they had charged the gamblers for playing a gambling game without permission.

 

 

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Kurt | 13 September 2017 - 16:35:39

Expats and most law obeying thai inhabitants are not thinking about 'Agreements'.

They just expect normal law enforcement.
And yes, there are expats on Phuket as a part of the society here.
And many expats contribute positively to the Phuket society.

Criticism is a way to get things moving in a democratic country.
This is not bashing, it is helping to get things done.
The world is moving, standing still and keeping current status is falling back and not good ( actually stupid).

This is also not about new laws ( what for, they will be not enforced), but reviewing fines would be ok.
Thai fines are of pre-historic level.
( a Phuket tuk tuk driver wielding a sword on tourists, lying to police about it, change sword into a potato knife, and than fined 500 thb? A tourist feeding bread to fish, 100,000 thb fine. Give me a break)

Do we need new laws to forbid tuk tuk driver, taxi drivers, minivan drivers about speeding or have weapons in their car?
I don't think so.
Time the motorbike helmet checking  police in the same way stops thai public transport cars at road blocks and search for weapons.
But they not dare to do that, creating partly lawless on Phuket island.

When the by this Government promised reforms start in this field?

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ematt | 13 September 2017 - 15:57:37

Yes I have to agree ... The army and police should take NO further action without checking first with the experts who post here. They know what is best for Thailand.

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Eagle | 12 September 2017 - 18:12:51

Please could the Army and the Police come to an agreement with some expats about what crime to pursue or what crime has priority.Some expats are such an important part of the society here,so they shouldn't get ignored.Even thinking about to consult them for creating new laws or new fines should be an option!

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Kurt | 12 September 2017 - 17:37:21

Great job! hahaha. Very important too!
Why this Army Unit is not going to patrol the coral reefs to check on anchoring by tourist boat crews?
Pleasant day time job.

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BenPendejo | 12 September 2017 - 16:24:41

Great Job Thai Army and police !!!  Get those 27 heinous criminals off the streets for "playing a gambling game without permission".  Forget every vehicle in the public transport mob carrying weapons and willing to use them at the drop of a hat...these people "having fun" as referenced in the article...must be a top law enforcement priority.  My oh my.

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