JOHOR BARU: Police have confiscated a total of 13,341 gambling machines worth RM6,670,500 during hundreds of raids conducted in their efforts to weed out illegal dens in Johor.
State CID chief Senior Asst Comm Azman Ayob said the police also seized RM304,709 in cash in 766 operations conducted between January and September this year.
“With assistance from Tenaga Nasional Bhd, we cut the power supply at 160 premises where online gambling activities were being carried out.
“We nabbed 4,609 individuals and 272 of them have been charged accordingly in court,” he said in a statement here on Monday.
SAC Azman added that almost half of the machines worth RM3,182,000 were confiscated in the past three months alone.
“Between July and September, we caught 1,985 individuals during 331 raids and also seized RM131,268 in cash.
“We are serious about rooting out illegal gambling activities that can be detrimental to society and errant den operators will have to face the music,” he added.
He warned that operators could be slapped with fines and face jail time under Section 4B(a) of the Common Gaming Houses Act 1953.
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