KUALA LUMPUR: A total of 21 gamblers, including a woman, was detained following a raid on a "mini casino" located at a shop house in Kepong.
The raid, codenamed "Ops Limau" which was conducted by the Kuala Lumpur CID's anti-vice, gambling and secret societies division (D7), saw police personnel raiding the premises at about 4.40pm on Thursday (Feb 4).
Kuala Lumpur CID deputy chief Asst Comm Nasri Mansor said gambling activities have been going on there for about two weeks.
"The gambling den was created specifically in conjunction with the coming Chinese New Year celebrations.
"We discovered three games being held there- mahjong, cards and sigola.
"The syndicate used three rooms for the different games, supervised by a 56-year-old local man," he said when met at the raid location.
A total of RM54,000 of betting money was seized as well as gambling equipment, he added.
"Their modus operandi is to only call up players known by the organiser. Only others recommended by those players are allowed to join.
"We are also actively tracking down other forms of illegal gambling throughout Kuala Lumpur ahead of Chinese New Year," ACP Nasri said.
The case is being investigated under Section 6(1) of the Open Gaming House 1953 Act, he said.
"The players were also issued with compounds for violating Covid-19 standard operating procedure (SOP)," ACP Nasri said.