BANGKOK – Five senior policemen in southern Thailand have been transferred following a raid on a night club. Provincial Administration found there where 154 patrons were underage.
The five officers, including the station superintendent, deputy superintendents, crime suppression and investigation chiefs, were moved to the Sukhothai Province’s police operations.
Pol Maj Gen Suwicharn Yankittikul, chief of Sukhothai provincial police, has ordered an investigation of the five officers for possible negligence.
The transfers came after a task force from the Department of Provincial Administration raided Club64 night club early Saturday.
More than 200 people were found inside, most of them dancing, when officers entered the nightclub at 12.30am.
Many patrons tried to flee via two back doors but they were subsequently caught.
Of the 260 patrons who were detained, 22 were not carrying ID cards. Authorities said 154 were under age 20 and 67 out of that group were under 18.
Methamphetamine (Yaba) Pills and Ketamine Found in Nightclub
The task force also found two small packs of ketamine and some speed pills scattered over the floor.
Mongkhol Panthong, 22, caretaker of the pub, was detained and charged with colluding; operating without permission; selling alcoholic drinks to people aged below 20, and related offenses.
Ronnarong Thipsiri, director of the department’s investigation and suppression office, said the department would keep cracking down on nightspots operating illegally.
Operators should show social responsibility by not allowing underage patrons to enter, the Bangkok Post reported.
The department will propose that the Sukhothai governor close Club64 night club for five years.
Photos released of Night Club Raid in Southern Thailand