Police arrest 42 for illegal gambling and gang-related activities

Police officers arrested 41 men and one woman and seized$21,000 in cash, mobile phones and gambling paraphernalia, in a five-hour raid in Geylang on March 20, 2017.
Police officers arrested 41 men and one woman and seized$21,000 in cash, mobile phones and gambling paraphernalia, in a five-hour raid in Geylang on March 20, 2017. PHOTO: SINGAPORE POLICE FORCE

SINGAPORE - The police arrested 41 men and one woman aged between 16 and 57 on Monday (March 20) for illegal public gambling and gang-related activities.

The arrests came after a five-hour raid conducted by officers from the Criminal Investigation Department in Geylang.

Items seized during the operation included cash amounting to about $21,000, mobile phones and gambling paraphernalia.

Investigations against the suspects are ongoing.

Any person found guilty of gambling in a public place may be jailed for up to six months, pay a fine of up to $5,000 or both.

Any person who found guilty of instigating, promoting or intentionally facilitating public gambling may be fined between $20,000 and $200,000, and face imprisonment for a term of up to five years.

Any person who is or acts as a member of an unlawful society, or attends a meeting of an unlawful society may be fined up to $5,000 , jailed up to three years or both.