38 caught, bribe records seized in gambling bust

Soldiers seize gambling equipment and over 830,000 baht cash during a raid on a gambling den in Pathum Thani's Khlong Luang district on Monday night during which 38 punters were caught.(Photo supplied)

PATHUM THANI – A total of 38 gamblers were caught and more than 830,000 baht and books detailing bribe payments seized during a military-led raid on an illegal casino in Khlong Luang district late on Monday night.

A combined team of soldiers and local officials stormed a warehouse at Soi Lakeside, Navanakorn Industrial Estate Road in tambon Khlong Nueng, around 9.20pm on Monday and found many people there betting on games of chance.

The gamblers attempted to flee, and two made good their escape. Thirty-eight people, 22 men and 16 women, were apprehended.

Eight of the 38 arrested gamblers were Cambodian or Myanmar nationals. Gambling equipment and 831,661 baht cash were seized. Books detailing bribe payments to some agencies were also found, Thai media reported.

The list of alleged payments ranged from 5,000 baht to 250,000 baht, involving people in police crime suppression and investigation units, and military agencies, the reports said.

Col Udom Kaewmaha, deputy commander of the 1st Calvary Division’s special task force, said the raid followed a complaint by local residents about gambling in the area. The military had looked into the complaint and found the gambling den had been operating venue for about one week.

All the gamblers were handed over to Khlong Luang police station for legal action.

Pol Gen Detnarong Suthicharnbanya, deputy national police chief, said later that an inquiry would be launched into the alleged bribes paid to police,  INN news agency reported.

Any found to have accepted money from the gambling den operators would face both disciplinary and criminal action.

Pol Gen Detnarong, the national police spokesman, said authorities would also look into whether local police had been negligent in their duty, allowing the gambling den to operate within their jurisdiction.

-The Bangkok Post

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