Officers in Singapore have arrested 30 men and 13 women in a series of raids.
Singapore.- Police in Singapore have reported that 43 people between the ages of 22 and 81 were arrested on suspicion of engaging in illegal gambling activities in a series of raids conducted between November 20 and January 4. Those arrested were 30 men and 13 women.
On November 20, 2021, officers from Bedok Police Station arrested eight men, aged between 26 and 72, for allegedly gambling. During the raid, police also seized $580 in cash. In a separate operation on December 18, 2021, four men and five women aged 47 to 81 were arrested on suspicion of gambling.
According to The Straits Times, one of the men is believed to have been running a casino, while the rest are believed to be clients. During the raid, police seized money and computers.
Another raid was conducted on January 4 at a shophouse that was operating as an illegal gambling venue. Police arrested a total of seven men and one woman aged between 22 and 59. Two of them, a 22-year-old man and a 28-year-old woman, are believed to have been running the casino, while the other six are believed to be patrons. More than $94,000 in cash and gambling-related paraphernalia were seized.
Those who manage a venue used for public gaming can be fined between $5,000 and $50,000 and jailed for up to three years. As for patrons, anyone convicted of gambling at a regular casino can be fined up to $5,000, jailed up to six months, or both.
On December 15 2021, officers carried out a raid and found 21 people at a residential unit in Toh Crescent in Loyang. Police arrested 13 people for violating the “Foreign Workers Employment Law” and for conducting illegal gambling activities. Police seized a poker table and other gambling equipment.
Previously, police in Singapore revealed that 136 people had been placed under investigation for a range of crimes ranging from illegal gambling to drug possession following a week of raids.