Bookie who was busy taking bets on England vs Uruguay match arrested

SAC Zakaria speaking at a press conference in Kuantan on Friday.

KUANTAN - A bookie with international links who was busy receiving bets for the explosive England and Uruguay match early Friday was nabbed in a crackdown by the police.

Pahang CID chief Senior Asst Comm Datuk Mohd Zakaria Ahmad said acting on a tip-off, a team of officers raided a popular kopitiam in Air Putih here at 1.40am under an operation codenamed Ops Soga.

SAC Zakaria said the suspect, in his 30s, was engrossed with bets for the fixture when police moved in and apprehended him.

"We seized an iPad and a cellphone used to carry out the illegal bettings.

"Just a night before, our officers raided a premise in Kuala Lipis and detained another suspect, in his 30s, who was taking bets of the World Cup fixtures up to RM50,000," he told a press conference here.

SAC Zakaria said since the World Cup matches started, they had detained five suspected bookies, including the two latest arrests.

He said total bets were estimated to worth RM100,000 (S$38,000) which also saw seizure of RM1,680, one personal computer, one iPad, five cellphones and two modems.

"We believe once the World Cup enters into the quarter-final stage, the volume of bettings will be more intense.

"A special team has been set up to monitor the situation and conduct lightning raids to nab these bookies," he said.

SAC Zakaria said all the five suspects had been remanded and would be investigated under Section 6(3) of the Betting Act 1953 which carries a jail term of up to five years and a maximum fine of RM200,000.