Five officers transferred after Lat Krabang gambling bust

Five officers transferred after Lat Krabang gambling bust

Five senior police officers at the Lat Krabang police station in Bangkok have been transferred to inactive posts after a military-led team raided a major gambling den in the district on Friday.

Pol Col Somnuek Noikhong, acting chief of Metropolitan Police Bureau (MPB) Division 3, signed the order transferring the officers to the division’s operations centre, while an investigation was under way, said Pol Lt Gen Sanit Mahathavorn, the MPB chief.

The transfers came after a combined team of police and soldiers led by Col Noppasit Sitthipongsophon, commander of a First Army task force, raided a large warehouse on five rai of land on Lat Krabang Soi 2/1 in Lat Krabang district on Friday evening, Thai media reported.

Inside, they found many gamblers playing a high-low dice game. The punters ran in panic before 95 were rounded up along with Peerapong Wianghok, the caretaker of the building.

The items seized included 213,720 baht in cash, dice, six computers used for online football gambling and two closed-circuit television cameras.

The five officers transferred were: Pol Col Sarawut Siri, the Lat Krabang police superintendent; Pol Lt Col Puwanai Senawut, deputy superintendent for crime suppression; Pol Lt Col Sayant Phetyuenyong, deputy superintendent for investigation; Pol Lt Col Suchart Mongkolpipat, the station investigation chief; and Pol Lt Col Thatpong Jitbanchong, the station crime suppression chief.

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