Alleged police payoffs fail to prevent gambling den raid

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Alleged bribes to the Banglamung Police Station didn’t stop officers from raiding a Soi Khao Talo house where 19 people were arrested for illegal card and dice gambling.

Kritsana Jongrak, 48, was taken into custody at his Darapan Village home June 7 where he reportedly admitted to operating an illegal casino for many years, thanks to alleged bribes to a non-commissioned Banglamung Police officer.

19 people have been arrested for illegal card and dice gambling. 19 people have been arrested for illegal card and dice gambling.

However, neighbors annoyed at the many cars and motorbikes parked in front of the house – not to mention the goings-on inside – led to a crackdown.

Ten men and nine women were arrested and charged with illegal gambling. The house ran both rummy card games and High-Low. Somchai Khansamran, 49, was arrested and reportedly admitted to being the High-Low banker.

Police seized 13 decks of cards, 20 sets of dice and cups to shake them, along with a small amount of cash.

Superior officers at Banglamung Police Station have been notified about the alleged bribes.