JOHOR BARU: Police have picked up more than 60 suspects, including a woman, believed to be bookies or agents of a gambling syndicate that have been raking in more than RM1.4mil in bets since the World Cup started.
State police chief Senior Deputy Comm Datuk Mohd Mokhtar Mohd Shariff said RM95,093 and S$6,526 (RM16,775) had been seized from the suspects aged between 20 and 60.
“We believe they are directly involved in the syndicate that has collected over RM1.4mil in bets,” he said, adding that the police also seized 21 tablet computers and 61 mobile phones from the suspects.
The arrests were made under Ops Soga, the crackdown on illegal betting on the football tournament currently on in Brazil.
“The state police have conducted more than 248 raids and checks between June 13 and 30,” said SDCP Mohd Mokhtar.
On an unrelated matter, he said that police arrested five robbery suspects within 15 minutes after their crime in Taman Seri Orkid here.
He said police immediately launched a search to locate the suspects soon after the police received reports at around 4.15am on June 25.
SDCP Mohd Mokhtar said that at about 4.30am, a Proton Iswara with the suspects in it was stopped along Jalan Seri Orkid.
“Upon checking, we found three wallets, two powerbanks, two mobile phones, a parang, a toy gun and a pouch,” he said, adding that the suspects, aged between 17 and 28, were immediately held.
He also said that two of the suspects had previous records against them and one of them also tested positive for drugs.