150 arrested in 2 gambling-den raids

Friday, 06 June 2014 From Issue Vol. XXII No. 23 By  Boonlua Chatree

About 150 people were arrested in separate raids of illegal gambling dens in Pattaya and Huay Yai.

The May 27 operations targeted a room at the CK Hotel on Pratamnak Road and a 19-rai property on Huay Yai’s Municipal Road 2.

In the Pattaya raid, police used an undercover operative to get operators to open the second-floor room. Then officers rushed in, capturing 29 people playing Hi-Lo. Cards, dice and cash were seized.

Police said the operators confessed that they started the gambling operation in the hotel due to the Thai military’s curfew, which had impacted their normal location.

Gamblers are brought in for questioning after police raided illegal gambling dens in Pattaya and Huay Yai.Gamblers are brought in for questioning after police raided illegal gambling dens in Pattaya and Huay Yai.

In Huay Yai, Banglamung District Chief Sakchai Taengho led the raid with 50 Huay Yai and Banglamung officers following complaints from neighbors about an illegal casino.

The two-story house had security cameras pointing outward, but officers managed to penetrate the building in several spots, rounding up 50 gamblers and 70 staff members.

More than 100 decks of cards, 40,000 baht cash and a loaded handgun were seized. Home owner Suchart Anuchot, 49, was the alleged dealer.

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