KUCHING, March 12: Police operations against illegal gambling in the state continued last week as the state CID intensified its raids in several districts.
From March 5-11, the CID conducted 41 successful gambling raids that resulted in the arrests of 54 individuals. The types of gambling involved were illegal 4D (34 raids), cyber gambling (5 raids) and one raid on gambling in public place.
The raids conducted by several teams from CID headquarter and district CID, covered Kuching and Simunjan (12), Miri (7), Sibu (4), Kota Semarahan (4), Serian (3), Bintulu (2), Padawan (2), Mukah (2), Meradong (2) and one each at Sri Aman, Bau and Julau.
“Efforts to eradicate online gambling continued with raids conducted at 24-hour convenience stores and coffee shops offering reload services to online gamblers. Five raids were conducted in three districts (Miri, Bintulu and Kota Samarahan) that resulted in the arrests of 10 service providers, seizure of nine mobile phones and cash amounting to RM10,911,” Sarawak CID chief SAC Datuk Dev Kumar said in a statement today.
Thirty-four raids of counters selling illegal 4D were conducted in 12 districts.
The raids resulted in the arrests of 38 individuals and seizure of cash amounting to RM6,471.
Mobile phones, portable printers, calculators, betting slips and stationery were also seized.
Dev added that a police team from CID HQ conducted a raid behind a sawmill at Jalan Gedong, Simunjan on March 10.
Six individuals were arrested for “holo” gambling and various gambling paraphernalia and cash amounting to RM516 were also seized.
Of the 54 arrested, 31 were males while the rest were females. They were aged between 16 and 52-years-old. Five foreigners were among those arrested.
All those arrested are being investigated for offences under the Common Gaming House Act 1953. — DayakDaily