Thai commando police arrests 34 suspects reportedly involved in illegal online gambling websites by thermal drones

Chanthaburi –

The Thai Commando police yesterday, February 5th, announced the arrest of 34 suspects who were reportedly involved with four illegal online gambling websites in Chanthaburi by using thermal drones.

The raid took place yesterday following an expanded investigation, revealing that there are 4 online gambling websites – namely VR898, Hattrick 988, Hattrick 888, and betway88 website – that currently offers all types of gambling services, such as foreign sports betting, Thai lottery, Hanoi lottery, online lottery, Hanoi Baccarat, etc., with its business circulation of reportedly more than one billion baht.

According to a tip given to officers from a concerned citizen, the office of the gamblers was located near the border of Thailand-Cambodia in the Pong Nam Ron District but there was no office building in the area when the police arrived. Therefore, they used thermal drones to detect body temperature and discovered a group of people were inside a container cargo.

About 34 people, including 17 men and 17 women, along with 101 mobile phones and 69 computers were discovered at the scene. All of the arrested people reportedly confessed to the police that they were hired as website operators to make conversation and conduct monetary transactions with clients.

The initial examination in computer data also revealed evidence of conversations, money transferring, and a number of gamblers applying to play on the websites. All of them were detained in Chanthaburi and primarily charged with jointly inviting and posting advertisements of illegal online gambling websites without permission.

Police Lieutenant Colonel Thorsak Sukwimol, the commander of the Central Investigation Police, told reporters that the Technology Crime Suppression Division and the related department will continue to investigate and expand investigation results to find the owners and participants who are involved in the illegal business. The staff arrested claimed they did not know exactly who they worked for or how to reach them.

Photo Courtesy: Daily News

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