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Police insist no Chinese mafia in Pattaya

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Pattaya:–Just as they did during the peak of the area’s Russian-tourism boom, local law enforcement officials again are insisting there is no Chinese organized crime in Pattaya.

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Top Pattaya, Tourist and Immigration police officers asserted that there are no “mafia” or “triad” gangs operating in Pattaya, despite recent Thai media claims to the contrary following a brawl among Chinese nationals in a Pattaya restaurant.

Most Chinese come to Pattaya in tour groups and don’t operate businesses here, Pattaya’s police chief Pol. Col. Apichai Kroppech said. Tourist Pol. Lt. Col. Piyapong Ensarn said there were some Chinese business owners, but most operated restaurants while others have companies in Bangkok. Deputy Chonburi Immigration chief Pol. Lt. Col. Thawatchai Nongbua said Chinese expats were mostly tour operators.

The police denials mirror those done by law enforcement and city administrators back in 2013, when Pattaya was as overrun by Russians as it now is by Chinese. Numerous arrests of Russian mafia fugitives fueled a steady stream of reports about Moscow organized crime gangs operating in far-out Jomtien Beach.

The heads of the Chonburi Immigration Office, Bang­lamung District, Pattaya Tourist Police, and the Pattaya Business & Tourism Association, joined top officials from police stations in Chon­buri, Nongprue, Banglamung and Pattaya and representatives from the National Intelligence Agency and Internal Security Operational Command on July 31, 2013 to condemn local media reports about crimes by both foreigners and Thais.

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