24 MEN ARRESTED IN JOINT ENFORCEMENT OPERATION AGAINST ILLEGAL GAMBLING ACTIVITIES
The Police have arrested 24 men, aged between 22 and 63, during a joint enforcement operation conducted by Bedok Police Division, the Central Narcotics Bureau and the Immigration and Checkpoints Authority along Geylang Road on 8 December 2019.
During the operation, 23 men, aged between 22 and 63, were arrested for offences under the Common Gaming House Act. A 26-year-old man was arrested for an offence under the Immigration Act. Cash amounting to approximately $3,100 and gambling paraphernalia were seized during the operation.
Four men, aged between 27 and 52, will be charged in court on 10 December 2019 under the Common Gaming Houses Act. Investigations against the remaining men are ongoing.
Under Section 4(1) of the Common Gaming Houses Act, any person found being the owner or occupier of a property, keeps or uses it as a common gaming house shall be liable to a fine of not less than $5,000 and not more than $50,000, and imprisonment of a term not exceeding 3 years. Under Section 7 of the Common Gaming Houses, Any person caught gaming in a common gaming house shall be liable on conviction to a fine not exceeding $5,000 or to imprisonment not exceeding 6 months or to both.
Under the Immigration Act, anyone convicted for the offence of remaining unlawfully in Singapore for a period not exceeding 90 days shall be liable on conviction to a fine not exceeding $4,000 or to imprisonment for a term not exceeding 6 months or to both. In the case where a person overstays for a period exceeding 90 days, he shall be liable on conviction to imprisonment of a term not exceeding 6 months and shall also be subject to not less than 3 strokes of the cane.
The Police takes a serious view of anyone involved in criminal activities and will continue to take tough enforcement action against those found breaking the law.
Source: Singapore Police Force