40 arrested at New Year’s party in Bangkok restaurant for allegedly having illegal drugs

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Bangkok –

Forty people were arrested at a New Year’s party at a restaurant in Bangkok, allegedly for having illegal drugs according to law enforcement officers at the scene of the incident.

A team from the Huai Khwang Police raided a “restaurant” in Soi Ratchadanivet in Huai Khwang yesterday morning (January 1st). Police officially withheld the name of the restaurant pending further investigation and legal action.

Forty people, described by Huai Khwang Police as 23 men and 17 women, were found drinking alcohol at the party. Twenty-seven of them were found allegedly having recently consumed illegal drugs after a urine-based drug test, police stated to the associated Thai press.

Eight pills of ecstasy and five grams of ketamine were found on the floor of the venue, with both customers and staff claiming they had no idea where the drugs had come from.

A man identified as the restaurant caretaker, Mr. Sarawut, (Last name not released to the press) is facing multiple charges related to the arrest including around the illegal drugs and violating current Covid-19 related rules referring to social distancing and entertainment style venues.

All suspects were taken to the Huai Khwang Police Station for further legal action.

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