BUTTERWORTH: Police conducted simultaneous raids at 12 illegal lottery betting centres in the North Seberang Perai district here on Sunday (April 11) and arrested 19 people during the operation, codenamed Ops Dadu.
The operation, conducted by the North Seberang Perai Criminal Investigation Department D7 with the Butterworth and Mak Mandin police teams, also saw the arrest of 12 men and seven women, aged between 22 and 58.
North Seberang Prai OCPD Asst Comm Noorzainy Mohd Noor said the individuals were arrested at the premises in Butterworth and Mak Mandin.
“Some of these include private properties, rented premises, coffee shops, telephone stores, leisure areas and even within private vehicles.
“During the raids, we found three men and a woman who have all been involved in such activities for the past two years, as they were also detained in previous raids," he said.
ACP Noorzainy said police also seized more than RM13,581 in cash, a car, a CCTV decoder, 14 smartphones, five mobile printers and betting paraphernalia.
“The cases will be investigated under Section 4A(a) of the Common Gaming Houses Act 1953.
“We take illegal public lottery activities very seriously and are proactive in ensuring that such activities do not become rampant.
“In combating such activities, we cooperate closely with Tenaga Nasional Berhad by cutting off their power supply while raiding and arresting the individuals involved.
“So far, we have cut off some 47 illegal gambling dens’ power supply in 2020 and this year, six premises had their supply cut off during our raids.
“We will continue to take such action from time to time to curb such activities in the district," he added.
ACP Noorzainy urged any member of the public with information on illegal gambling dens to come forward and provide intelligence to the police.