For the past four days I’ve been trying to get to the bottom of what happened at Crazy House on Soi 23 this past weekend.
On Friday night around midnight they were busted by the police and military, that much I know for sure. They were told to get their house in order by cops because the army would be coming in 10 minutes. Soldiers were on their doorstep within 60 seconds and they were caught with their pants down – literally.
Following the raid a dozen different stories have been doing the rounds and it appears there’s little truth to any of them.
What they were busted for?
Anyone who knows of or has heard about Crazy House should be able to figure that out pretty quickly. If you haven’t heard of this place all I’ll say is that this bars owners turn a blind eye to everything from the date of birth to the nationality of their dancers who always seem to forget to put clothes on when they start a shift.
The rumours stated their punishment was a complete closure to a one-month shutdown, however, a friend paid a visit on Saturday night and said it was open as normal with the dancers now in black mini dresses, although they’d all forget to put on a a pair of knickers.
Sunday night the lights were out and it was the same on Monday. Word filtered through from a member of staff that they’d been ordered closed for just two days and she seemed to be on the money with her info as it was business usual on Tuesday night at 8.45pm with the lights on and the stage full of dancers.
Within 20 minutes my beer was interrupted when a friend of a friend informed us Crazy House had just been ordered closed and told not to reopen until November 1st. This order came from one plain clothes officer from the local police district who’d been told by the guys in green to go and do his job.
Now this is where things take a twist.
She told us that when they reopen they need to change the name of the bar and fall into line with the other venues around the corner on the neon alley. In other words, no more birthday suits.
Will any of it pan out that way? I’ve no idea as Crazy House are a law unto themselves and get away with practices no other bar can and have done so since the day they opened.
If they reopened tonight and had a stage full of naked girls I wouldn’t be surprised one bit.
Chemical Engineer Caught Running ‘E’ And Meth Lab In Nonthaburi
A chemical engineer who turned to producing Ecstacy pills and crystal meth at his condo in Nonthaburi was arrested this morning by officers from the Narcotics Suppression Bureau.
The Saturday morning raid on a building in Bang Kruai District, Nonthaburi was led by Police General Manu Makemok, Deputy Commissioner General, Royal Thai Police and Police Lieutenant General Montree Yimyaem, commissioner of the Narcotics Suppression Bureau.
Inside the apartment, the prime suspect, 42-year-old suspect Patiwet “Heisenberg” Suwankiri was apprehended.
Drug production equipment and chemical precursors were seized along with 20,000 Ecstacy tablets and 50 grams of crystal meth.
Police General Manu said that the Narcotics Suppression Bureau got a tip that there was a group of pill producers who sold E tablets to entertainment venues in Bangkok.
A surveillance operation was set up and pinpointed Prayoon Thapinna as the dealer. He was taken in for questioning and soon after he folded like a deckchair telling cops who “Heisenberg” was.
During questioning “Heisenberg” was evasive saying he sold the drugs to tourists and that he imported the chemical precursors from online dealers.
Police dismissed both explanations as tourism in Thailand is virtually non-existent due to Covid-19 and the chemicals and tools needed to produce the E and meth have been on a banned list for many years.
He did admit to producing the drugs in his apartment saying he used the knowledge from when he studied chemical engineering
Investigators are working to find more people involved in the operation as the set-up was capable of producing around 3,000 tablets per day.
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CCSA Overturn BMA Order To Reopen Parks, Other Businesses
The Centre for Covid-19 Situation Administration has overturned the plan by the Bangkok Metropolitan Administration to allow five types of businesses and venues, including public parks and beauty salons, to open June 1.
Following the BMA Communicable Disease Committee meeting on Monday it was announceed that restrictions on traditional Thai massage parlours, museums, public parks, botanical gardens, learning centres, spas, nail and beauty salons and tattoo parlours would be lifted.
The news was welcomed by many with business owners getting to work in preperation for the sudden rreopening.
Then came the infamous flip-flop by the government when it was reported the CCSA had put the plan on hold for at least a further 14 days.
No reason was given for the sudden change.
Public Parks In Bangkok Reopening Jun 1
This order was later overturned by the CCSA and the plan has been put on hold for at least a further 14 days.
Following a meeting of the Bangkok Metropolitan Administration Communicable Disease Committee today, it has been announced that public parks in the capital can reopen from June 1.
The committee, chaired by Governor Aswin, also lifted restrictions on traditional Thai massage parlours, museums, botanical gardens, learning centres, spas, nail and beauty salons and tattoo parlours.
Other establishments currently shuttered are to remain closed until at least June 14, 2021.
The news comes despite the capital reporting over 1,300 Covid-cases on Monday, however, the current crop of clusters are in migrant worker camps and wet markets.
While most welcomed the news that parks will reopen allowing outdoor exercise again, dozens in the expat community continued to grumble that gyms and fitness centres will remain closed.