Earlier this week, a gambling hall was raided by police in the northeastern Thai province of Buriram. Reportedly it used to be a pigsty, but the progressive criminal-minded residents had renovated it to reportedly serve as a gambling den. The police arrested 22 people there.
53-year-old Khun Chakrabongse and 21 associates were arrested. Reportedly, no one kept social distancing and no one wore a face mask. The 22 suspected gamblers were charged with violating the Covid Prevention Act and illegal gambling.
Police say the pigsty has undergone a complete transformation, including installing air conditioning. The room was painted warm blue, but there was no mention of any traces of pig poo. The alleged gambling operation was located behind a house in Tambon Lamduan.
According to the police, during the interrogation, all 22 suspects have gambled acquaintances in the past 2 to 3 days. Chakrabongse, who was reportedly the main dealer, had invited his neighbours to gamble in the pigsty’s gambling den.
Colonel Wiwat Jitsophakul, of the police, says his team searched the property and seized 800 baht in cash, 9 dice, 3 plastic scoreboards and various gambling equipment.
Earlier this month, police arrested 18 people for allegedly operating various gambling sites online.
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