Chonburi Gambling Den Raid Nets 29 Arrests, Including Police Officer

Chonburi —

Banglamung police and administrative officers apprehended 29 suspected gamblers on Tuesday, October 24th, among whom one person appeared to be a police officer.

A video of the raid can be seen here.

At 10:30 PM yesterday, the authorities raided an illicit hi-lo gambling den hidden deep within the forested outskirts of Ban Phu Thai village, Banglamung district, Chonburi province. The police seized five hi-lo scoreboards, five plates and eight lids, gambling chips worth 15,000 baht, 36 money paddles, assorted cash sums, and over 610 dice used in the illegal game.

Notably, notebooks were discovered, documenting rental fees during gambling sessions. These records unveiled daily fees of 12,000 baht paid to the unidentified landowner and 2,000 baht to the den personnel. The record also revealed that the hi-lo activities began on October 12th, 2023.

During the arrest operation, police netted over 29 alleged gamblers (21 male and 8 female). Upon seeing the police, some gamblers tried to evade capture by fleeing into the forest, while some even attempted to escape into the water of a nearby pond. Nevertheless, the officials had already sealed off all exits, enabling them to successfully apprehend all 29 individuals.

In a surprising twist, one suspect, identified by Banglamung police as Chamnong Rodrit, appeared to be a policeman. The 47-year-old police sergeant was found in possession of gambling equipment and video clips, purportedly recorded for anti-cheating purposes.

Furthermore, a search of the gamblers’ vehicles uncovered a CZ 9mm pistol with 10 rounds of ammunition, registered to an unidentified police officer who has now been suspended for a further investigation. Further examination also revealed another firearm belonging to a Thai individual known only as Mr. Thanu, as well as four concealed knives stowed within the vehicles.

All 29 suspects, including the police sergeant, were transferred to the Huay Yai Police Station to proceed with legal proceedings. Banglamung police are extending the investigation to apprehend the landowner only known by his nickname as “Sia Mong”.

Mr. Phisit Sirisawadinukul, Banglamung district chief, disclosed that the arrest operation was prompted by public complaints regarding gambling activities in the area. He said Banglamung law enforcement will continue to work tirelessly to stop all illicit activities in the district.

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Aim Tanakorn
The local news translator at The Pattaya News. Aim is a twenty-four year old who currently lives in Bangkok. Interested in English translation, story-telling, and entrepreneurship, he believes that hard-working is an indispensable component of every success in this world.