Police cripple illegal betting syndicates with bets valued at RM14m
JOHOR BARU, June 18 — Several illegal betting syndicates involved in Euro 2012 and horseracing wagers with bets valued at RM14 million have been crippled by the police following four separate raids around the city since last Thursday.
State police chief Datuk Mohd Mokhtar Mohd Shariff said 10 male suspects, including two Singaporeans, were arrested on suspicion of being involved in booking activities based on information received from the public.
In the first raid at Taman Scientex near Pasir Gudang, here, last Thursday, he said a 36-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of being involved in betting activities related to Euro 2012 matches with wagers valued at RM1.5 million in a week.
In the second raid at Taman Johor Jaya on Friday, six men aged between 37 and 51, who are believed to have been involved in the same illegal activity, were arrested.
“In the third raid around 6pm on an apartment at Jalan Datuk Abdullah Tahir, two days ago, two 30-year-old Singaporeans were nabbed for Euro football match and horseracing betting activity involving wagers worth RM10 million,” he told reporters, here today.
Meanwhile, in the fourth raid on a house at Taman Ungku Tun Aminah at about 4am yesterday, a 44-year-old man believed to be involved in Euro 2012 match bets with wagers valued at RM900,000 in a week was arrested.
Mohd Mokhtar said some cash, computers, modems, calculators, handphones, printers, monitors and related tools used for the betting were seized, adding that one of the suspects in the second raid was identified to have three previous criminal records involving housebreakings and gambling. — Bernama