Pattaya Daily News

28 July 2008 :: 14:07:55 pm 10790

Pattaya Cocktail Bar Raid Nabs Thirty Teens Under 20

Nang Len Cocktail Bar in Pattaya was raided by police on July 28th,2008, because it was a favourite haunt of teens, who police suspected of illegal drug use. 30 teens were detained for under-age drinking, and although there was no drug use, the proprietor was charged with operating without a business licence.
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At 2.20 AM on July 28, Pol.Col.Nopadol Wongnom, Pattaya Superintendent, and two senior police officers, led a 10-strong team on a raid on a Nang Len Cocktail Bar, 3rd Pattaya Road, after police detected that it was a gathering place for teen night owls under 20 years of age.

Police found the bar packed with more than a hundred boys and girls who were drinking in the bar. They were also smoking hookahs which are popular among customers, though not illegal. Police found more than 30 teens, both boys and girls under 20, many of whom were not carrying I.D. cards. Police detained all of them for the record and also urine-tested for drugs, but when none registered positive, police released them.

However, police did arrest Mr. Wathana Kittipatarasri (24), from Samutprakarn province, charged with operating a bar without a business licence, merely having a licence to sell alcohol. Mr. Wathana said that he had opened the bar to sell alcohol and cocktails 5 months ago. In that time, it had become well known among the teens, and they would have a full house at weekends and holidays. As an additional attraction, they also provided hookahs. He maintained he did not know that there were customers who were under 20 years old frequenting his bar. Police later charged Mr. Wathana with selling alcohol out of hours, operating a bar without a licence and being negligent in allowing customers under 20 use the bar.

Reporter : Kampee   Photo : Kampee   Category : Crime News

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