Pattaya police raided a club, As Friends/69.1 Club, today, November 3rd, after receiving a tip-off from concerned citizens that the club was secretly opening and selling alcohol past the legal time limit.
The operation was conducted around 3:30 AM and was led by Pol. Capt. Yuttana Khansub from the Pattaya police station. The club is located on LK Metro near Soi Buakhao in Banglamung’s Nongprue sub-district, Chonburi.
Yuttana told the Pattaya News the club’s front door was locked, and the pubgoers used the side door to get inside to conceal the fact that they were still partying past the legal closing time of 2 AM.
The trick, however, failed to outwit the officers because the club still had many staff on the job. Pattaya police then pressured the staff to open the door and found around 50 pubgoers both domestic and foreign drinking and partying inside.
Yuttana said he ran an inspection and did not find any illegal objects such as weapons and drugs. All pubgoers were let go without charges, but Pattaya police stated they would pursue legal action against the venue for opening and selling booze past the legal time limit.
Correction notice: The upstairs portion of the As Friends venue is called 69.1 Club Prive and was the technical venue raided by Thai police around 3:10 A.M. The original report referred to the venue only as As Friends and that the raid oçcured at 3:30 AM. Both venues however are reportedly under the same ownership and management according to Pattaya Police.
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