Thailand: 30 arrested for illegal gambling

A raid was conducted by police officers at a resort located in Bang Lamung.
A raid was conducted by police officers at a resort located in Bang Lamung.

Police in Thailand have arrested 30 people for alleged involvement in an illegal gambling venue located inside a resort in the Takean Tia sub-district of Bang Lamung.

Thailand.- Authorities in Thailand have arrested 30 people during a raid at a luxury resort that hosted an alleged gambling den in Bang Lamung. In a five-hour raid, officers seized gambling paraphernalia and cash.

Those arrested face multiple charges for gambling and violations of Covid-19 restrictions and will appear in court for trial. 

According to The Thaiger, those arrested will face additional charges for violating Covid-19 countermeasures. That can carry up to 40,000 Thai baht fine and 2 years imprisonment.

Thailand has some of the strictest laws regarding gambling, which is entirely illegal. Authorities have blamed illegal gambling dens for spreading Covid-19, particularly in eastern provinces. 

In July, police arrested 18 people in raids on two houses in Pathum Thani that were allegedly being used as bases for an online gambling syndicate.

Thailand’s Cyber Police said the syndicate ran online gambling sites and online football betting. According to local media, police seized 16 computers, luxury cars and money. Those arrested were also charged for breaching Covid-19 social distancing measures.

In June, authorities said they had arrested 104 people suspected of running online football betting websitesPolice officers were investigating more than 167 websites for promoting online gambling.

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