Warned in advance, Naklua karaoke bars close before police raid

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Banglamung Police came up empty handed when a planned crackdown on Naklua karaoke bars found neither drugs nor underage girls.

The raid, ordered by Region 2 Police Commander Lt. Col. Punya Maa-men was apparently telegraphed far in advance and when hit the streets, they found about 20 karaoke bars closed for the night. The raiding officers meandered around the neighborhood, but couldn’t turn up anyone using drugs either.

Banglamung Police Superintendent Col. Somnuk Changate (center) leads an inspection of Naklua karaoke bars. Banglamung Police Superintendent Col. Somnuk Changate (center) leads an inspection of Naklua karaoke bars.

Banglamung Police Superintendent Col. Somnuk Changate promised to look into a rumor that a man identified only as “Kuan” is being paid to keep the karaoke bars informed of any impending police raids.