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School’s out! 120 Bangkok party-goers arrested in drugs raid on pub

May 29. 2019
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By The Nation

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Police and drug suppression officials who raided a Bangkok pub early on Wednesday found that alcohol wasn’t the only thing on the menu. Customers dressed in school uniform for a themed party at the Space Pub panicked as the drugs squad entered the premises on Pradit Manutham Road in Bang Khen district at 3am.

Motorcycles parked outside tumbled as party-goers ran to escape the cordon of police and Narcotics Control Board officials.

However, some 120 customers were detained after being forced to take drug tests which came up positive.

A brief search of the pub turned up ecstasy pills, ketamine drug and e-cigarette devices scattered over the floor, presumably ditched by pub-goers during the raid.

Pol Col Alongkorn Sirisongkram, commander of the Kokkram police station, said pub manager Sumet Ramkaew, 28, was arrested along with the 120 pub-goers, 70 men and 50 women.

Alongkorn said the pub had been open for two months and investigations had pointed to it being a drug den.

He said officials would seek to have the place closed down for five years.

The pub manager was charged with operating a pub and selling alcohol without licence, opening beyond closing hour, and tolerating drug abuse in the venue, Alongkorn said.

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