Nineteen Chinese nationals have been arrested for running an online gambling operation from Pattaya, with THB 8 million ($263,000) in daily circulation, according to the police.
The raid was conducted on three condominium rooms in the tambon Nong Prue of Bang Lamung district at around 11:30 pm on Tuesday.
Around 10 laptops, 300 mobile phones and details of electronic accounts were seized.
Pol Maj Gen Nanthachart Supamongkhol, chief of Chon Buri police, said the raid was planned after Nong Prue police were tipped off that there were many Chinese nationals often gathered in the condominium rooms, attracting people’s suspicion.
According to police, the suspects had been hired by a gambling boss in China to run a gambling operation in Thailand. They entered the country on tourist visas.
The 19 Chinese were initially charged with working illegally and were detained at Nong Prue police station for legal action.