KUALA LUMPUR: Close to a whopping RM2.5mil in cash was seized from a raid on a house used by a prostitution syndicate here.
Police also detained 14 Chinese nationals, comprising 11 men and three women, along with a local man and woman.
Acting on a tip-off, a team from the Bukit Aman anti-vice, gambling and secret societies division (D7) led by principal assistant director Senior Asst Comm Mohd Zani Che Din raided a condominium unit in Bandar Tun Hussein Onn, Kajang at about 2pm on Saturday (Oct 17).
Bukit Aman CID director Comm Datuk Huzir Mohamed said seven Chinese men and a Chinese woman aged between 22 and 28 were detained.
"We also seized two laptops, 15 mobile phones and two worksheets.
"We believe the unit was used as a call centre for customers in China," he told reporters at the scene on Saturday, adding that the syndicate might have operated scams as well.
Further investigation led police to a house in Cheras a few hours later, Comm Huzir said.
"We discovered cash close to RM2.5mil kept in several luggage bags in the rooms.
"We believe the money could have been used for money laundering activities but we will investigate further, he said.
Six Chinese nationals consisting of four men and two women were detained, along with two locals during the raid, he added.
"Three laptops and four mobile phones as well as drugs were among other items seized at the house.
"We also discovered several applications for cryptocurrency on the laptops seized," Comm Huzir said.
Initial investigations revealed that the syndicate has been operating for about two months, he added.
"The syndicate are targeting customers in China for their prostitution services as well as some scams. We will uncover the width of this syndicate," he said.
Comm Huzir said the two locals detained were acting as coordinators for the syndicate.
"We believe they were tasked to find premises for call centres, lodging for the syndicate members or tasked to handle logistics," he said.
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