Four nightclub goers tested positive for drugs in a Pattaya entertainment venue crackdown.
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Last night (November 18th) more than 50 officers led by Major General Nantawut Suwanlaong, Acting head of the Chonburi Provincial Police randomly inspected entertainment venues in Pattaya to check for the current seven major rules which are:
- No allowing underage users below 20 to enter bar and entertainment venues.
- No selling alcohol to underage users below 20 in any venues including restaurants.
- Entertainment venues must be shut and all customers gone by legal closing times, currently between midnight to 2AM depending on zone.
- Selling alcohol over the legal time is prohibited at all venues.
- Allowing weapons and illegal drugs into entertainment venues is prohibited
- Allowing human trafficking in entertainment venues is prohibited.
- Allowing illegal gambling in any venue is prohibited.
Major General Nantawut told the Pattaya News that they first inspected ‘New Season’ on Pattaya Third Road where lots of Thais and foreigners were drinking. Some of the foreigners were unable to present their passports and they were taken to the Pattaya Police Station for questioning.
Major General Nantawut reminded foreign tourists that random passport inspections were legal and tourists should have at least a copy of their passport with their current valid stamp at all times. This was due to a campaign focused on searching for overstaying foreigners.
Officer then inspected ‘Panda Club’ on the Pattaya Walking Street. More than 200 Thais and foreigners were enjoying loud music. Drug tests were conducted, including on foreign tourists (which is legal in Thailand) Four patrons tested positive for the urine drug test but their names and nationality were not immediately released to the press.
Both managers of the two venues were taken to the Pattaya Police Station for further legal action relating to allowing patrons into their venues under the influence of illegal drugs. The patrons who tested positive for illegal drugs were also brought to the police station.