Police Colonel Thanachot Rerkdee was removed from his position as the Yannawa police chief for reportedly accepting bribery and allowing the operation of an illegal entertainment venue in the Yannawa district of Bangkok.
The raid of the illegal nightclub located inside three adjacent buildings was conducted around 3:30 AM. on Wednesday, October 26th, arresting a total of 237 Chinese customers.
About 104 customers, 99 of which were Chinese nationals, were also tested positive for drug use. About 29 people of Thai, Georgian, Cambodian, Vietnamese, and tribal nationalities were also detained, Police Major General Theeradet Thamsuthee, Investigation Chief at the Metropolitan Police Bureau, told the Associated Press.
According to the initial investigation, the nightclub was owned by a Chinese national and had been operated for about two months, mainly serving Chinese customers. The illegal operation was allegedly acknowledged by district police chief Thanachot who was believed to receive bribery from the bar owner.
Therefore, Police Major General Nakarin Sukonthawit, Commander of the Metropolitan Police Commissioner Division 6, had given an order to removed the Superintendent of Yannawa district from such position and perform duties as assigned by the Metropolitan Police Commissioner Division 6, effective immediately until further notice.
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