Cops bust illegal online gambling den that raked in RM18k a day

PETALING JAYA: Seven men and a woman were detained following raids on illegal online gambling centres in the district.

Petaling Jaya OCPD Asst Comm Nik Ezanee Mohd Faisal said police raided the first centre, located at an office premises in PJU 1A/2, Ara Jalan Damansara, at about 2.30pm on Friday (Sept 18).

"We detained five men and a woman aged between 20 and 35.

"They were working as operators and supervising online gambling activities at the premises," he said when contacted.

A total of 11 computers and 40 mobile phones used to promote slot games and a live casino were also seized, he added.

"They have been operating for about a year and raking in about RM18,000 a day.

"They also targeted local customers," he said.

Further investigation led police to another unit at the same office block at 2.45pm on the same day, ACP Nik Ezanee said.

"We detained a 21-year-old man who worked as an operator for online gambling activities.

"Five computers and six mobile phones were also seized from the premises," he said.

The second premises had been operating for about a year, earning RM5,000 daily, ACP Nik Ezanee said.

"We also detained a 40-year-old man representing the syndicates, who arrived during the raid.

"The man tried to negotiate with the raiding team in an attempt to release those detained. He was detained even before he could make an offer," he added.

ACP Nik Ezanee said police hoped to gather more intelligence with the latest arrests.

"We are working hard to identify the mastermind behind the syndicate, as well as the owner of the premises.

"We are also grateful to the people of Petaling Jaya who supplied the police with vital information that led to the arrests," he added.

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