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Bangkok sauna raid team checked for Covid after two suspects test positive


All 30 officers who were part of the team that raided the Faros Sauna in Bangkok’s Ramkhamhaeng area on Saturday night underwent Covid-19 tests on Tuesday.

The tests were conducted after two of the 60 partygoers and sauna staff members tested positive.

Officials from the Wang Thong Lang district office also disinfected the police station in a bid to curb the contagion.

Police raided the venue after people in the area told police the sauna was allegedly being used as a site for drug trafficking and could be a source of Covid-19 infections.

At the raid, officers reportedly found packs of methamphetamine, other drugs, a syringe and used condoms.

Bangkok sauna raid team checked for Covid after two suspects test positive

The suspects included party organisers Surat Jitpuengtham, 41, and Nathachpong Saengkaew, 38, and Jinna Kritjinda, 63, who claimed to be the sauna’s owner.

They have been charged with violating the state of emergency, the Communicable Disease Act and the Bangkok Metropolitan Administration’s measures.

Those who tested positive for drug usage will face additional charges under the narcotics laws.

However, seven suspects have denied the charges and pleaded not guilty.

Bangkok sauna raid team checked for Covid after two suspects test positive

 

The suspects stand to face up to 30,000 baht in fines and/or up to seven months in prison based on their wrongdoing.

Published : May 25, 2021

By : The Nation