Crackdown on an Open-Air Casino in Hat Yai

An armed raid was carried out Thursday evening on a rubber plantation in Hat Yai, Thailand, to discover an open-air casino on its territory. Sixteen gamblers were arrested during the joint military and police force operation.

The plantation, which was located at Soi Prasarnmit in tambon Khuan Lang, was fenced by a net to disguise what was going on inside. A number of cars and motorcycles were found behind the screen.

The officials’ raid wreaked havoc as gamblers made their escape hastily but four men and 12 women were arrested by the authorities.

It turned out the illegal casino site was making its debut that night. In addition, the person in charge of it had been running another gambling den that was closed down by the police in January.

About 400,000 baht along with 20 cars and pickups and 40 motorcycles were confiscated during the attack led by Col Jatuporn Kalampasut, chief of the Internal Security Operations Command Region 4 intelligence office.

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