Gambling activities busted during Ops Limau

Aidi (second right) and Deputy Police Commissioner Datuk Fisol Salleh (second left) inspect the seized gambling equipment while Kuching police chief ACP Awang Din Awang Gani (left) and Sarawak CID chief SAC Mat Zani @ Mohd Salahuddin Che Ali (right) look on.

KUCHING: Sarawak police busted two gambling activities at two separate locations in an operation dubbed ‘Ops Limau’.

Sarawak Police Commissioner Datuk Aidi Ismail said both raids carried out by the State CID D7 team, took place on Wednesday and Thursday.

The first raid around 10.30pm on Wednesday, was at a bistro in Jalan Setia Raja where three men were arrested for allegedly playing ‘blackjack’ and drinking inside the premises.

“The trio aged between 35 and 55, were patrons of the bistro and are now remanded until Feb 8 to facilitate investigations.

“The raiding team also seized a monitor, a decoder, a mouse, 52 playing cards and cash amounting to RM3,600,” he said in a press conference at Kuching police headquarters today.

Meanwhile on Thursday, the D7 team raided a double-storey house in Stutong Baru around 6.50pm on suspicion of carrying out illegal gambling activity.

Aidi said the team arrested eight individuals, seven men and a woman, who were playing poker inside the house.

Intelligence revealed that the group used the house which is a homestay, as a place to carry out poker gambling activity and they have been operating since early this month.

“We found that the group’s modus operandi was moving from one location to another to avoid being detected by the police.

“All of them aged between 22 and 48, are now remanded to facilitate police investigations,” he said.

Among the items seized from the house include a poker table, 273 poker chips, 104 playing cards, a dealer chip, eight chairs, a monitor, a mouse, video recorder and a remote control.

He said both cases were being investigated under Section 6(1) of the Common Gaming House Act 1953 which provides for a fine not more than RM5,000 or imprisonment not more than six months or both.

Aidi added that they will continue implementing ‘Ops Limau’ and Sarawakians are warned to avoid getting involved in such activities or else lawful actions will be taken against them.