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Gambling machines seized

A team of police and troops has confiscated 286 horse-gambling machines after raiding a house in Bang Khen in Bangkok.

Police had received a tip-off that the residence on Ramindra Soi 23 was used as a warehouse for the horse-racing machines.

The seized items included 150 |circuit and mainboards.

Pol General Aek Angsananon, a deputy National Police chief, told a press conference yesterday that two brothers, Mitr and Pralom Saothon, who were at the house when it was searched on Saturday, told police that they had nothing to do with the machines.

Later, Surachart Kongjai, 40, met with police to explain that he had rented his property in April to Nakhon Pana-ampon, 35.

In the lease, Nakhon allegedly claimed that he was going to use the place to store and repair electric machines. Aek said the house was believed to be a hub for distributing the illegal betting machines to nearby provinces including Nakhon Pathom, Chon Buri, Pathum Thani, Samut Prakan and Nonthaburi.

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