Illegal ‘Cock Fighting’ Ring Busted in Pattaya
FUENTE: PATTAYA DAILY NEWS
25 / FEBRERO / 2010
Pattaya police investigations into illegal gambling have led to the arrest of 22 men believed to have been involved with an illegal ‘cock fighting’ racket. Swooping on a vacant block of land in Pattaya police apprehended the suspect and an investigation into the illegal operation will continue in order to arrest the organiser.
Pattaya, the 23rd February 2010 [PDN] At approximately 3.00pm Police Colonel Nanthawut Suwanlaorng (Pattaya Police Superintendent), Police Lieutenant Colonel Tharathep Tuphanit (Pattaya Police Deputy Superintendent) and Police Lieutenant Colonel Klitsakorn Thongin (Pattaya Police Deputy Superintendent) along with 50 of the police task force, plain clothes policemen and police volunteers surrounded the area behind the Butsaba House in Soi 5 of Soi Watboonkanjanaram, Nongprue, Banglamung after receiving information of a cockfight in Pattaya that involved illegal gambling.
Investigation on the 5 Rai of land, found a large number of gamblers circled round the cockfight cheering. When the task force announced themselves in a bid to arrest the gamblers, they all fled in different directions. Subsequently 22 of military aged male gamblers were caught by the officers.
The evidence impounded included 8 fighting cocks, 2 cockfight stages, 6 chicken coops, and 2,000 baht. Moreover 3 cars and 5 motorbikes which were believed to belong to the escaped gamblers were seized. All suspects had confessed to participating in the gambling but no one confessed to being in charge. They were all charged for illegal gambling and detained in custody awaiting further judicial proceedings.
Police Lieutenant Colonel Thongin revealed that the gambling had been going on for some time with 50 of gamblers attending each day. Under the investigation one car with National Police markings was parked at the entrance of the scene for observation.