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246 INVESTIGATED FOR BETTING, GAMBLING, MASSAGE & OTHER ILLEGAL ACTIVITIES

AAccording to the Police media release, They are investigating 193 men and 53 women, aged between 15 and 84, for various offences, following a week-long multi-agency enforcement operation conducted between 19 and 24 June 2022.

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The operation was led by Jurong Police Division and supported by officers from the Central Narcotics Bureau (CNB), Immigration & Checkpoints Authority (ICA) and Singapore Customs, and covered various locations in Jurong West, Tuas, Choa Chu Kang, Bukit Panjang and Bukit Batok.

As part of the operation, a total of 38 men and six women, aged between 19 and 63, are being investigated for their suspected involvement in various offences, such as drug-related offences and traffic-related offences.

As part of enforcement efforts against illegal bookmaking and gambling activities in Jurong West, 22 men and eight women, aged between 29 and 81, are being investigated for suspected offences under the Betting Act 1960, Remote Gambling Act 2014 and Common Gaming Houses Act 1961. Cash amounting to more than $9,000, betting and gambling-related paraphernalia were seized during the operation.

Two women, aged 36 and 52, were also arrested for their suspected involvement in vice-related activities at a HDB unit in Choa Chu Kang. They are being investigated for offences under the Women’s Charter 1961. Condoms and lubricants were seized during the operation.

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In an enforcement operation against massage establishments in Bukit Panjang, Bukit Batok and Jurong West, one man and two women, aged between 47 and 60, are being investigated for breaches under the Massage Establishments Act 2017.

In another enforcement operation against public entertainment outlets in Jurong West, three men, aged between 52 and 84, are being investigated for breaches under the Public Entertainments Act 1958.

Another 31 men and seven women, aged between 15 and 70, are being investigated for allegedly assisting in loansharking activities and loan scams.

Another 57 men and 28 women, aged between 17 and 73, are also being investigated for their suspected involvement in e-commerce scams and commercial crimes. They are believed to be involved in 172 such cases reported island-wide, involving a sum of $680,000.

In two joint operations with the ICA and Singapore Customs in Bukit Panjang, Bukit Batok and Tuas, 41 men, aged between 20 and 46 are being investigated for alleged offences under the Customs Act 1960, Immigration Act 1959 and Tobacco (Control of Advertisements and Sale) Act 1993. Cash amounting to more than $700, as well as 38 packets and 213 sticks of duty-unpaid cigarettes, were seized during the operation.

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Investigations against all individuals are ongoing.

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