Police cream 1,700 sets of computers from gambling den raids

NOORSILA ABD MAJID

SEPANG: The Sepang District Police Headquarters (IPD Sepang) has destroyed 1,700 sets of computers confiscated from gambling dens around here this afternoon.

The gambling machines, confiscated from massive raids carried out between January and December 2015, were estimated to be worth RM215,000.

“We’ve just obtained the court order to destroy these computers,” the Sepang Deputy Police Chief, Supt Baharudin Mat Taib told reporters at a press conference.

“We did 1,200 raids on illegal gambling premises in the Sepang distict way back in 2015. We detained 331 organisers and keepers of these gambling dens.”

Also present at the writing-off ceremony were the Head of IPD Sepang’s Criminal Division, Asst Supt Mohd Fairus Jaafar and his predecessor, Asst Supt Mohd Iqbal Ibrahim.

According to Baharudin, his team has identified three to four gambling hot spots in the Sepang district but declined to elaborate further.

“We are serious about tackling illegal gambling issue in our area,” he said.

If found guilty, illegal gambling operators can be charged under Sec 4B(a) of the Common Gaming Houses Act 1953, which carries a maximum jail term of five years and a maximum fine of RM100,000 per gambling machine seized.