Pattaya and the Isaan province saw two major raids that resulted in a total of 579 illegal slot machines being seized
The authorities in Thailand received tip-offs and raided a warehouse, apartment and storage house that were reportedly linked , seizing a total of 579 illegal slot machines.
Out of the 579 illegal slot machines, 161 were seized from an apartment and storage house located in Nong Prue (Pattaya) while the other 418 slot machines were seized during a raid in the Isaan province Khon Kaen.
The raid on the apartment and storage house was led by Acting Chief of the Chonburi Provincial Police, Commander Major General, Thiti Sangsawang and the Chonburi Provincial Deputy Police Commander Colonel - Korrawat Hanpradit.
Meanwhile, the raid on the warehouse located in Khon Kaen was kept under lock and key with machines found ready to be played. The spokesperson for the raid, Pol Maj Gen Yingyos Thepchamnong, stated to Pattayanews that these slot machines were delivered by five trucks from the Eastern Province of Chonburi.
This gives the indication that both of the raids were connected to the same illegal gambling operation.
Colonel Korrawat added:
“Some slot machines appear to have been recently used while some had just been moved to here from an unknown secondary location based on the evidence we have gathered. The area and items were disinfected for safety reasons due to potential concerns of COVID-19.”
The investigations are still ongoing with no arrests made till now and all machines having been confiscated. Furthermore, the evidence gathered during the raids will be used to track down other illegal gambling dens.
Thailand has been stepping up the fight against online gambling since last year following the emergence of youths partaking in many forms of gambling online.
There have been multiple gambling busts and raids in the area in recent weeks following the launch of the nationwide crackdown on gambling due to outbreaks of COVID-19 that originated from gambling establishments in the two provinces.
The Prime Minister Prayut Chan-O-Cha (pictured), has previously instructed the authorities including the Ministry of Digital Economy and Society, the National Broadcasting and Telecommunications Commission and the police to strictly take such measures to protect youth from online gambling by warning internet service providers and cellphone operators of legal action if they fail to block access to gambling websites.
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