In a massive crackdown on vices and illegal gambling activities, the Singapore police have made at least 78 arrests over the past week.
In a massive clean-up operation conducted by Singapore’s Central Police Division, 30 men and 48 women, aged between 19 and 85 have been arrested.
The entire operation was aimed at targeting illegal gambling and activities considered vices. The police carried on a series of raids along Sam Leong Road, York Hill, French Road, People’s Park Complex, Sago Street, Bencoolen Street, Beach Road, Banda Street, Middle Road, Havelock Road, Jalan Besar, Tiong Bahru Road, Topaz Road, Kampong Bahru Road, Cavan Road and Beach Road.
Of the 78 arrested 27 men and ten women, aged between 28 and 85, were arrested in connection with illegal gambling and charged with Remote Gambling Act and Common Gaming Houses act.
Also, over $6,500 in cash and 14 computers were seized.
The police have also warned house owners to make sure that there is no illegal gambling or other vice activities taking place on their premises.
Earlier in April, 32 suspects had been arrested for alleged involvement in illegal horse racing betting.
According to the current legal provisions in Singapore, owner/occupier and using the place as a common gaming house could face a fine between $5,000 and $50,000 including a jail term not more than three years.
Those caught participating in gambling activities at a common gaming house may be fined up to $5000 and could serve behind bars for up to six months.