S'wak cops bust online gambling outlets raking in RM330k each monthly

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  • Friday, 05 Jun 2020

Sarawak CID cops (two on left) questioning two suspects during raids at illegal gambling centres. -Police pic

MIRI: Sarawak police have busted two illegal online gambling centres that each rake in up to RM330,000 per month.

According to the police, these centres, which are located near state capital Kuching, have made about RM3.6mil each over the past 11 months of operation.

The Sarawak Criminal Investigation Department (CID) arrested a group of youths manning the centres, including teenagers.

State CID chief Senior Asst Comm Dennis Leong on Friday (June 5) said the police uncovered the two cases during raids at condominiums in Batu Kawa housing estate and Taman Sri Moyan in Jln Batu Kawa-Matang near Kuching on June 4.

"At about 5pm, the CID teams raided the two places and arrested nine youths made up of six males and three females.

"They are locals aged between 18 and 26. They are operating illegal call centres in these place for online gambling.

"Our probe so far showed these call centres used handphones and social media to link up with punters.

"They operate via WhatApp, Telegrams, Facebook, Instagram, WeChat etc. These call centres operate non-stop 24/7 and have been operating for about 11 months.

"Their daily earnings was about RM11,000 per day," SAC Leong said.

The CID teams seized dozens of phones, computers and other accessories, he added.

SAC Leong said surveillance was conducted to identify the exact locations of these illegal gambling centres.

The police are now investigating the online transactions and the mastermind behind the outlets' operations.

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