Pattaya Police raid local markets for Vaping equipment and illegal dental and fashion orthodontics gear, Vaping crackdown continues


Only a few hours after their law enforcement partners in Banglamung and Nongprue raided a house whose owner was allegedly selling banned vaping equipment over social media Pattaya police launched a raid at Threpprasit Market looking for pirated goods and vaping equipment.

High level officials in both police departments have stated that the Chonburi area is having another enforcement period over vaping gear. The official reason given is because it is believed to be dangerous to public health. They stated concerned citizens reported the vaping equipment being sold to the police, expressing their concern for the health of the public.

At 10:30 PM last evening Police Lt. General Yannapong Somapa and Major General Ekkayut Plongkong led the raid at Threpprasit Market in the Pattaya area, along with Lieutenant Colonel Konkorn Somkhan, the Deputy Director of Pattaya Police Station. Additionally Dr. Panida Chumchan, part of the sub-commiyee on protection and helping dental patients and a member of the Dentists Council also attended.

They discovered Mr. Amnat Phu Ngern, 24 years old, running a booth selling hundreds of banned vaping devices and he was arrested at the scene. He admitted to breaking the law, according to law enforcement officials and will face legal penalties under the consumer protection act.

Additionally, Officials saw Miss’s Bussakorn Lok Tok, 29 and Mr. Charin Phanwichian, 25, running a booth selling fashionable orthodontics and designer braces nearby. Both of these items are against the law to be sold without a proper dental license. Additionally they also lacked dental registrations and a hospital business license, all required by Thai law to sell dental equipment.

Finally, under the Order of the Consumer Protection Board, dated January 2018, fashionable orthodontics are prohibited for sale. They were arrested and also admitted to the crime, saying their main clients were teenagers who could not afford the equipment at a proper dentist.

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