113 suspects have been arrested over the weekend in a massive nationwide crackdown on illegal gambling in Turkey. Apart from 113 arrests, 709 people were also arrested who were allegedly involved in other crimes.
The entire operation involved 28,000 police officers, and over 20,000 locations were raided. The raids saw police forces searching places like coffee houses, shops, and also offices of various organizations and associations.
In Turkey, most of the illegal gambling operations are carried out from small or makeshift coffee houses. Also, the illegal gambling dens run in the disguise of being a sort of local association or an organization to evade regulatory authorities.
Recently, a gang was nabbed, and the modus operandi of the gang was to form a fake association and run illegal gambling operations. They had been changing names several times to avoid police action. Also, the gamblers had managed to get away by just paying a small fine due to the loopholes in the legal procedures.
The operation carried out this weekend is amongst one of the biggest crackdowns on illegal gambling in Turkey. Apart from the arrests made, the police have fined 1,646 people. Also, 325 gambling venues and their owners have been fined for allowing gambling activities on their premises.
While seventy-seven makeshift gambling dens were shut down, the authorities have said that more shutdowns could follow. Gambling is illegal in Turkey, and it was banned in 1989; however, illegal gambling is rampant in the country.