Police raid popular Bangkok pub
Over 100 policemen raided a popular pub on Soi Thonglor in Bangkok’s Vatana district early Thursday following complaints that it repeatedly violated the two-am closing time.
The raid at the Liberty Pub on the second floor of the Liberty building was made at 2.15 am and it was led by Metropolitan Police Commissioner Pol Lt Gen Sriwarah Rangipramkul himself.
He led several senior officers from his bureau as well as officers from the Narcotics Suppression Division to make the raid.
Police found over 100 pub-goers, including foreigners, still dancing and drinking. The officers stopped the music and turned the lights on and rounded up the party goers for drug test. Five, including two staffs of the pub, tested positive to drug use. They were arrested for abusing drug.
Two managers of the pub, Sombat Lanwong, 45, and Bamrung Pluemjit, 49, were arrested after police found that the pub was operated without a license.
Sriwarah told reporters after the raid that his bureau had received complaints that the pub violated closing time for over a month. He indicated that commander of the Thonglor police station and four other senior officers of the station would be transferred because of the raid.
At the same time, a group of police officers raided the Safe House pub on Ekamai Road after it was found violating the closing time. Police found some 50 pub goers but none tested positive to drug use.
Its manager was arrested for violating the closing time and running the pub without entertainment venue license.