Police and government agencies were out in force during a raid on an illegal gambling den in the early hours of this morning at a Jomtien condominium.
The raid on two daily rented rooms was headed by Region 2 chief Maj-Gen Thiti Saengsawang and the head of the Chonburi provincial police, Pol Col Ekkaphop Inthaweewat.
Also present were officers from Nong Prue and Bang Lamung constabularies.
21 gamblers were arrested – 14 Chinese, 5 Thais, one Cambodian and one Singaporean.
The gamblers were playing a range of poker games. Gambling tables, playing cards and chips were confiscated and taken into evidence.
Mr Inthaweewat said this was a state and national RTP measure against the spread of the virus. He said that the gamblers, most of them foreigners, had a flagrant disregard for the spread of the COVID-19 virus.
Two rooms on the fifth floor of the building, 517 and 518, had been rented on a daily basis.
Immigration reported that 5 of the Chinese were on overstay and the Cambodian had been smuggled into Thailand illegally.
They will all be facing charges related to illegal gambling and contravention of the Covid-19 emergency decree.
Officials said the inquiry would be expanded.