Video footage has emerged of revellers who were arrested on Tuesday night at a pub on Koh Phangan still partying at the police station.
Immigration and tourist police raided the Three Sixty Bar in Koh Phangnan district around 9.30 pm on Tuesday following a tip-off there was a party taking place.
A total of 109 party-goers were detained – 89 foreigners (51 women and 38 men) and 20 Thais (13 women and 7 men).
The foreigners arrested were from more than 10 countries, including the USA, UK, Switzerland, France, Australia, Germany, and Denmark.
Also detained were the owner and the organiser of the party.
All were taken to Koh Phangan station where the 109 party-goers were charged with violating the Emergency Decree while the owner and organiser faced a string of additional charges.
Surat Thani governor Wichawut Jinto on Wednesday ordered strict action be taken against the offenders, however, it was another scene at a building next door to the police station where the group were being held.
Despite facing up to two years’ imprisonment and a fine of up to 40,000 baht, the group were unfazed on Wednesday morning as they continued to party inside and out of the building they were being held in before being transferred to Koh Samui Provincial Court.
Music, dancing, smoking, drinking for the women under arrest appeared to be the order of the day from the footage named “Phangan 111 Jail Party”.
A small outside area had been cordoned off with visitors stopping by to see their friends and not a policeman in sight.
There was no social distancing being enforced and nobody wearing a mask as the group done as they pleased. They had even set up a games corner to pass the time.
None of the men in custody are seen in the video as they were being held inside in a cell.
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.