Dozens rounded up in illegal gambling raids across Sarawak

Goh Pei Pei

KUCHING: A total of 37 people, aged between 16 and 64, were nabbed in connection with illegal gambling activities here, last week.

Sarawak Criminal Investigation Department chief Datuk Dev Kumar said the suspects, which include three foreigners, were picked up at different locations in 26 raids conducted throughout the state between April 17 and 23.

"A total of 28 people were arrested, as they were involved in illegal 4D. We also seized cash amounting to RM3,346, mobile phones, portable printers, calculators and statisonery.

“(We also) raided a cock-fighting pit in Miri, that resulted in the seizure of various paraphernalia used for gambling. The make-shift pit was destroyed by the police team," he said in a statement here.

All those arrested are being investigated for offences under the Common Gaming House Act 1953 and the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Ordinance 1962.

Dev said ops against illegal gambling in the state will continue, and there will be no let-up in efforts to eradicate the social scourge.