Over 2K people have been refused entry to Thailand ahead of this week’s Apec summit with reports that many attempting to arrive were already blacklisted, as checks have been ramped up at airports ahead of this week’s summit. Public gatherings, specifically protests in the capital have been banned as upward of 50K police and army have been stationed around the important venues ahead of time. As world leaders will arrive this week, so security is full on, with experts wishing the days away until its all over and they can breathe with ease.
The government has amended regulations regarding the sale and use of cannabis here, albeit to a small degree. With new regulations expected early next year, for now, and as of last week, it is the BUD that is of concern, that now cannot be sold to those under 20, students, or pregnant women. The bud of the plant is now a controlled substance and any business retailing in any fashion without a licence faces prosecution. Those with licenses will be required to report on stock amounts held, along with a list of suppliers. With no mention of pre-prepared joints being sold, it has been clarified that advertising, via media OR signage is prohibited. Sales online are now banned and any extract with more than 0.2% THC is illegal.
In Phuket, in Patong, another German has been arrested along with a Thai female. The 39 yr old man was nabbed along with the components to make handguns and drugs. Both he and his 44 year old Thai partner were being held last night in police cells after being traced through adverts for their wears on social media.
A warning has been issued by the NBTC NOT to accept phone calls from numbers with the prefix +698 and +697, this as 697 numbers are usually created for internet based calls to regular phones. The warning comes as more and more Thais are being conned into giving out their bank details, in full, believing that they are talking to real authorities, which of course they are not and the NBTC advises that NO government or police authority will ever carry out such actions telephonically.
In Samut Prakan, 4 high ranking local police officers have been transferred to inactive posts following an investigation into a shooting at an illegal gambling club. The station boss, a Colonel, told that he was unaware of reports, which appear to have been ignored of a gang invading the club , and, armed with weapons firing at people inside. National police became aware of reports on social media and investigated. Chatting to the fb poster they heard that some 400K baht had been taken by the gang and one person shot. Rumours of deaths have been nixed and all those involved are said to be known to authorities.
A raid on a former snooker hall here in the city revealed that the tables had been covered with dust sheets, and the building was being used as an online gambling front, specializing in football betting. Tip offs from locals led police to the Naklua building, where some 18 operators were arrested, seeing each making full statements and police believing they may well have leads to the operators themselves who remain elusive. Authorities report that the operator is the same man wanted in connection with several similar rated operations in Pathum Thani.
Saturday saw Nongprue fire services called to a burning building on a housing development, seems it was an unused sports pavilion which was used for storage. Smoke was visible for miles before flames were doused, no injuries reported.|
IF YOU have legal questions you would like answering, this is another chance for free advice, this as we welcome tomorrow, Tuesday, a thai barrister from Magna Carta to the morning show. As always, your questions, if sent in by 7am Tuesday WILL be answered and we will be discussing the process of litigation, along with other issues.
Storms over the weekend saw minor flooding in the usual areas, and there is an advisory that these heavy storms WILL continue through the whole of the week.
Pattaya & Thailand's HEADLINE NEWS from Fabulous 103fm (11 November 2022) The warning is out that a British nose is being successfully used at Thai airports to sniff out illegal goods in luggage. The beagle, originally a hunting dog, but with the greatest sense of smell among canines is in regular use and THIS WEEK discovered SMOKED BATS being smuggled into Thailand from China. Along with smoked ham, the bats […]
Pattaya & Thailand LATEST NEWS from Fabulous 103fm (27 March 2023) Thai-Myanmar border reopens The Thai-Myanmar border crossing in Mae Sot was reopened by guards yesterday following its closure Saturday as locals watched heavy fighting on the Burmese side where the military fought resistance fighters. It was the Burmese that […]