Police Raid at Illegal Koh Samui Party Results in 24 Arrests

Shortly after midnight on Friday, Koh Samui police broke up a private party that violated restrictions imposed under the Covid-19 Emergency Decree, arresting 24 people.

Officers said 13 Thais and 11 foreigners were detained during a police raid on a luxury hilltop villa on Koh Samui, where the illegal gathering took place.

Local police, tourist police, immigration agents and local officials inspected Lamborghini Villa in the northeast area of Koh Samui after finding many cars and motorcycles parked on its premises and heard loud music from inside the venue.

Agents arrived at the resort hotel in Khao Plai Laem, across from Samui Airport in Tambon Bophut, around 12:15 a.m.

A team led by Pol Maj Wannachai Sukjaem, chief of crime suppression at Bophut police station, found 24 people drinking alcohol in the venue’s pub-decorated cellar.

Police arrested 11 foreigners, including ten men, and 13 Thais, including ten women.

All face charges for violating the executive decree and the Communicable Disease Control Act.

Police officers also seized eighty-nine bottles of beer, wine, whiskey, and two alcoholic beverage bills.

During the raid, investigators also seized illicit drugs from two foreigners.

Local media reported that a Filipina woman had a 0.67-gram pack of cocaine in her pocket, as did a French man who possessed 0.90 grams.

Both were charged with having category-2 drugs in their possession.

A criminal record showed that one of the Thais men reportedly had a court warrant issued four months ago for engaging in cybercrime.

On April 8, the Taling Chan criminal court issued an arrest warrant against Chaidieo Thitichayanuwat, 30, for conspiring in fraud and spreading false information on social media.

Local media also reported that four of the 24 people detained had recently recovered from Covid-19.

Koh Samui experienced its first Covid-19 outbreak a few weeks ago after illegal parties at a nightclub resulted in more than 170 infections.