(CTN News) – Today, a group headed by Anutin Charnvirakul, the Minister of Public Health and Deputy Prime Minister, stormed a famous Bangkok nightclub for breaking the law by being open beyond the allowed hours and allowing drug usage on the premises.
Deputy Commander of Division 4, Chief of Chokchai Police Station, Director-General of the Department of Provincial Administration Ansit Samphantharat, Inspector-General of the Department of Provincial Administration Ronnarong Thipsiri, and Police Major General Wichai Narong were all present during the 2.20 a.m. operation.
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Also present were Police Major General Setthaphan Srisakorn and Chief of the News Analysis and Monitoring Section Suwanna Wongwanich.
The Sonic nightclub on Pradit Manutham Road in Ladprao district, Bangkok, was raided by a joint operation force that included a special task force from the Department of Provincial Administration, officers from the Narcotics Suppression Bureau, officers from the Ladprao District Office, and cops from Chokchai Police Station.
This action was taken after receiving information that the nightclub was running past its legal hours, without a permit, and was a popular site for drug usage.
The search revealed a one-story building with a hall furnished with tables for the use of alcoholic beverages. There were 220 people, both sexes, out and about, dancing and listening to music.
The police officers announced an identification and narcotics check and asked that the music be turned off. Although several customers attempted to flee, police had encircled every doorway. The establishment did not have a service permit, according to KhaoSod’s initial inspections.
Drug paraphernalia including plastic bags containing ecstasy, ketamine, ice, and happy water were discovered on the floor. Evidence warranted their seizure. A urine test and identification verification were administered to all customers.
According to Anutin, out of 220 customers, 100 were male and 120 were female. Even though the business’s license to operate had already run out in 2020, it kept running past the deadline right up until now.
Additionally, he mentioned that a variety of narcotics, including ecstasy, methamphetamine, ice, ketamine, and happy water, were discovered on the property. In addition, the bathroom served as a discreet spot for customers to use drugs.
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We are currently in the process of verifying the number of drug users and will disclose it later. The National Council for Peace and Order has issued order No. 22/2558, which imposes a five-year closure on the establishment.
In order to continue with the legal process and identify the true owner of the business, the case will be sent to the Metropolitan Police.
In addition, Anutin verified that the operation was consistent with the government’s stimulus program, which permits nightclubs to remain open until 4 in the morning. Always have your operation permits on hand and follow the law to the letter, he admonished the other operators.
There was one customer under the age of 20 and seven people without identification among the 214 total. Out of the total sample, 122 customers tested positive for purple urine, suggesting drug usage.
Investigators at Chokchai Police Station were given custody of the 76 males and 46 females for additional processing.