Pattaya prison tosses cells before New Year

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The Pattaya Remand Prison staged another of its facility-wide sweeps, with more than 200 officers and volunteers tossing cells and common areas for weapons and drugs.

Officials did not disclose how much contraband was discovered, saying only a “large number” of items fashioned as weapons and antibiotic drugs altered to be hallucinogens were found during the early morning raid Dec. 30.

Officials gather around some of the illegal contraband confiscated during the pre-New Year sweep. Officials gather around some of the illegal contraband confiscated during the pre-New Year sweep.

Warden Somchai Wimansak said he requested help from the Sattahip Naval Base and other agencies to sweep out dangerous items and other prohibited belongings, such as mobile phones, before the New Year’s holiday.

The Pattaya Remand Prison was built to hold 1,100 inmates but currently has a population 2,715. There are 25 non-Thai inmates incarcerated there.