27 arrested in anti-crime blitz

27 arrested in anti-crime blitz

NEARLY 30 people were arrested for various offences, including drug- and gambling- related ones, after a 17-hour operation which started at 9am on Monday.

Checks were conducted at public entertainment outlets and housing estates in Sembawang, Yishun, Ang Mo Kio, Upper Serangoon Road, Punggol and Sengkang.

Of the 27 arrested, 17 were caught for drug-related offences and six for gambling offences.

Three were arrested for offences under the Societies Act, while another was found to have been wanted by the police.

A public entertainment outlet was also found to have breached licensing conditions. Another had violated fire safety requirements.

The operation, which was jointly led by Ang Mo Kio Police Division and the Central Narcotics Bureau (CNB), also involved officers from the Singapore Civil Defence Force (SCDF) and the Secret Societies Branch of the Criminal Investigation Department.

A small amount of drugs was seized, said the police, CNB and SCDF in a joint statement yesterday.

In one raid, $136 in cash, six mobile phones, 17 modified computer terminals and several gaming paraphernalia were also seized. Investigations are ongoing.

Any person convicted of managing an illegal gambling den can be fined between $5,000 and $50,000, and jailed for up to three years.

Any person convicted of illegal gambling in such a place faces a maximum fine of $5,000 and/or a jail term of up to six months.

This article was first published on July 24, 2014.
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