6 arrested for operating illegal gambling den in Balestier

SINGAPORE - Police have arrested six persons, aged between 46 and 76, for suspected involvement in operating and gaming in a gambling den at a 2-storey residential building in Balestier.

Police officers raided the unit in a five-hour operation that started at 10pm last night. Besides making arrests, 19 modified computers and cash amounting to more than $1,800 were seized.

Investigations against the suspects are ongoing.

Under the Common Gaming Houses Act, any person found guilty managing a place to be used as a common gaming house will face a fine between $5,000 and $50,000, and jail term of up to three years. The same punishment applies to owners who allow their premises to be used for the purposes of illegal gambling.

Those found guilty of gaming in a common gaming house will be fined up to $5,000 or imprisoned for up to six months, or both.