Hong Kong Police Make 200 Arrests during Illegal Gambling Raids
Police in Hong Kong announced they have made hundreds of arrests during raids carried out on multiple gambling locations throughout the city.
In the statement, the Hong Kong police say they raided more than 40 gambling locations, including arcades, dens for illegal gambling, unlicensed bars, and private clubs.
The raids took place over 2 days and were part of a larger investigation called Operation Swift Eaves. The Hong Kong police arrested 202 people for a range of gambling-related offences, includ-ing operating illegal gambling venues.
The ages of the people arrested for illegal gambling activity ranged from 14 to 78, and the over 200 arrests were made up of 148 men and 54 women.
During Operation Swift Eaves, the police seized cash and casino chips at the gambling locations that totalled approximately HK$2 million.
Links to Organised Crime
These arrests followed an extensive operation carried out by the police force where some officers were sent undercover into illegal gambling operations to uncover further details and gather evidence.
The undercover officers found that there was a significant organised crime presence in the city, with high levels of illegal gambling in the various raided venues.
One of the organized crime ringleaders was arrested at a licensed clubhouse being used as an unlicensed casino. Police state they believe this was the base for the gang's criminal enterprise, including illegal gaming and a money laundering operation.
Operation Swift Eaves primarily aims to tackle the illegal activity of a triad organisation active in East Kowloon, as well as to cut off its sources of income, In this operation, we sent several officers to infiltrate several venues that were opened or controlled by the triads to gather evi-dence.