| James Kon |
ONE hundred and five people, including government servants, were detained and 11 weapons seized in a massive crackdown on illegal gambling.
Codenamed “Ops Chikara”, the operation in various parts of Brunei-Muara District on Tuesday night led to the confiscation of 170 machines used for illegal gambling, making it the biggest haul in recent times.
Superintendent of Police, Hj Khairur Rijal bin Hj Abu Salim, from the Special Investigation Unit of the Criminal Investigation Department, said, “The detainees, some of whom are foreigners, are still being investigated.
“Police found that these dens had been used not only for illegal gambling but also other unhealthy activities. Therefore, the Narcotics Control Bureau was invited to join the operation.”
He added that the owners of these centres would be investigated.
The success of the operation, he said, came from good detective surveillance work.
“Tip-offs from the public have also helped immensely,” he added.
In recent weeks, he revealed, the police had received four reports of illegal gambling involving gangs.
Hj Khairur Rijal reiterated that the police had “zero tolerance against gang-related activities”.
Members of the public were advised to report criminal activities by contacting 993 or the nearest police station.