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Drugs, gun found in raid on Pattaya pub

Sep 06. 2017
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By The Nation

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Police, troops and district officials who raided a Pattaya pub for violating closing hours rules early on Wednesday found a gun, drugs, drug users and underage drinkers.

The raid at the Apple Pub on Sai Sam Road in South Pattaya was conducted at 4.30am and led by Naris Niramaiwong, chief of Chon Buri’s Bang Lamung district.

Bars are required by the law to close at 2am, but the officials said they found about 150 people drinking and dancing when they entered the premises.

They said that 18 of the people there were under 20 and seven others were found to have no ID card with them. Thirty drinkers tested positive to drug use, with one of them identified as a popular radio DJ, Karisorn Saelai.

The authorities also found eight zip bags of ketamine, two ecstasy pills and 14 zip bags of crystal meth on the floor.

A .38 revolver and nine rounds of ammunition were found in a cashier’s counter.

The owner of the pub, Sipinda Ratanayenjai, was charged with violating closing-time laws, selling alcoholic drinks outside of permitted hours, allowing people under 20 to enter the premises, allowing drug abuse, allowing a pistol to be brought into the venue, and allowing people without an ID card to enter.

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