According to the latest reports from the Chinese run state media Xinhua news, police in police in north China’s Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region have arrested 41 suspects for organizing cross-border online gambling involving about 120 million yuan (17 million U.S. dollars).
The investigations into a 2017 case of homicide in the city of Ulanhot, Xing’an League led to the current investigation and arrests. The suspects of the case were also found to have been involved in gambling.
Police reports confirm that there are organized gangs operating cross-border online gambling in Chinese provinces including Guangdong, Sichuan, Jiangsu, and Fujian. Their modus operandi involved setting up online casinos and inviting players through social networking app WeChat.
While the raids were made in Guangdong, Fujian, and Chongqing, which saw arrests of 41 suspects, the police also confiscated over 400 electronic devices. A sum of 75 million yuan has also been seized.
Further investigations are underway.
Gambling is illegal in mainland China. However, illegal gambling activities are rampant. Earlier this year in March, Chinese police went creative in busting illegal gambling dens. The gambling dens were raided after video footage of the illegal activities and gamblers was captured using a drone. It was located on the outskirts and in isolation.
The problem for the authorities was that these gambling dens were continuously shifting from one place to another. As such, to track them was a challenge.