Eighteen arrested in Pattaya condominium over Christmas weekend for visiting illegal gambling den
Pattaya police raided an illegal gambling den in a luxury apartment complex in Pattaya on Christmas Day, arresting 18 people.
A team of Pattaya Police, personally led by Pattaya Chief Constable Colonel Kunlachart Kunlachai, raided illegal gokha at a luxury condominium at Soi Phra Tamnuk 3, Nongprue on Christmas Day. The condominium’s name has been withheld by authorities pending further investigation and legal proceedings.
Eighteen people, who were described by police as four men and 14 women, were arrested with multiple gambling items. The turnover generated in the gambling hall, according to Chief Commissioner Kunlachart, would run in the millions of baht.
Fifteen of the arrested suspects were gamblers, three of them were employees of the illegal casino.
The employees reportedly received 500 baht a day, while gamblers paid 1,000 baht each to enter the casino to place a bet.
All the suspects have been taken to the police station on Pattaya Beach Road as police continue their investigation and try to find out who is behind it as the real owner. Pattaya police did not release the names of the suspects, but stated that gambling was not only highly illegal in Thailand, but also a very high-risk activity for the spread of the Covid19 virus and was a major concern for the Pattaya police.
Last year, in 2020, a cluster of Covid19 infections that started at illegal gambling establishments in Rayong and Chonburi eventually led to essentially the second wave of business closures and Covid19 lockdowns that lasted for five weeks, causing significant economic damage.
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