28 party-goers caught for drug use in Hua Hin

Partying youths from Bangkok are rounded up at two rented houses in Prachuap Khiri Khan’s Hua Hin on Tuesday night after testing positive for drug use during a police raid. (Photo by Chaiwat Satyaem)

PRACHUAP KHIRI KHAN: Twenty-eight young people from Bangkok tested positive for illicit drug use during a raid on two rented houses in Hua Hin resort town on Tuesday night – Halloween.

There were 41 youths, male and female, at the two houses in Samerphong housing estate in Hua Hin district, when the party was crashed by police and soldiers around 11.40pm.

The raid followed information from the Office of the Narcotics Control Board Region 7 of a drugs party planned for Halloween in this resort town, said Somporn Patchimphet, the assistant Prachuap Khiri Khan governor who led the raid.

Several cars and pickup trucks were parked near the two rented one-storey houses, which each had a private swimming pool. Many people were drinking near the pools.

Twenty-four party-goers at the first house were asked to undergo urine tests, and 17 showed positive for illicit drugs – methamphetamine or ketamine.

Small amounts of ketamine were found wrapped in two 100-baht banknotes and one 20-baht note. Nobody admitted to ownership, Mr  Somporn said.

At the house next door, 17 people were required to take urine tests and 11 were positive for drug use – four for methamphetamine and seven for marijuana. Some marijuana and drug use paraphernalia was found in one bedroom.

All 41 drug users were held in police custody for legal action.

Mr Somporn said the owners of the two houses would be summonsed for questioning. They would initially face charges of using the houses as a hotel without a permit. Additional charges would follow later, the assistant governor said.

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