At just past 10:00 PM last night Pattaya Police led by Police Chief Khemmarin Pissamai and Col. Decha Songhong of the Transnational Crime Unit of Chonburi led a raid on an illegal casino where nearly a dozen people were gambling located above a Chinese Restaurant on Second Road in Pattaya not far from Soi 6.
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Police arrived at the Fu Manow Chinese Restaurant on Second Road near Soi 6 after a tip from a concerned citizen that there was an illegal gathering taking place in a secret VIP area above the restaurant at about 10:15 PM last night. This is during the current National Curfew period of 10:00PM to 4:00 AM which falls under an Emergency Decree to help stop the Covid19 Coronavirus. The decree also prevents gatherings, parties, etc.
Police found a poshly decorated VIP Karaoke room on the second floor of the Restaurant with nearly a dozen people gambling inside.
Seven Chinese men, two Thai women and one Russian woman were found gambling with funds worth about 100,000 baht in the VIP room. They were playing several different Chinese style gambling games on a custom table, according to Pattaya Police.
Mr. Beijing Heilongjiang, 50, was immediately arrested as the owner of the restaurant. He is facing multiple charges including providing gambling, which is against Thai law, violating the Thai emergency decree, curfew violations for not being home during the decree and possibly other charges as well.
The ten gamblers were not named to the press, however, will also face significant charges relating to violating the emergency decree, gambling and curfew violations. All ten were arrested and taken to Pattaya Police Station for further processing.
Police Chief Khemmarin Pissamai has warned Pattaya Residents previously that individuals who violate the Emergency Decree and continue to hold gatherings and parties that threaten public health by potentially spreading the Covid19 Coronavirus will be dealt with by the full force of the law.
Violation of the Emergency Decree carries penalities of up to a 100,000 baht fine and up to 2 years in prison.