Five Lam Luk Ka police officers abruptly transferred after casino raid

The superintendent of Lam Luk Ka police station and four of his subordinates were today (Feb 9) ordered transferred to inactive posts at the Operations Centre of Provincial Police Region 1 following a casino raid in Lam Luk Ka district, Pathum Thani province late yesterday night.

The five officers are Pol Col Arthorn Chinthong, the superintendent; Pol Lt-Col Chumphol Pisonkulapant, the deputy superintendent for suppression; Pol Lt-Col Chomphob Rujiradamrongchai, the deputy superintendent for investigation; Pol Lt-Col Vicharn Chanthasri, the inquiry inspector; and Pol Maj Thanaphon Suksorn, the suppression inspector.

The abrupt transfer stemmed from a raid by military personnel of a snooker parlour, Phoenix Snooker, which was in fact a front of an illegal casino.  A total of 118 gamblers–60 men and 58 women–were rounded up together with almost 200,000 baht cash and gambling equipment. 

Fifty-seven gamblers were escorted by police to Thanyaburi provincial court today for trial on charges of illegal gambling.  The rest denied the charges and they are due to be brought before the same court on Monday (Feb 12) for trial.