Operation "Dice" busts gambling ring

14 arrested, 22 computers seized in police raids

Police operating in the Kuantang province of Malaysia have arrested 14 people in raids Monday and Tuesday in the Cameron Highlands as part of an effort to wipe out Internet gambling in the state, reports the Malaysian newspaper The Star.

22 computers were confiscated from two premises in an operation dubbed “Ops Dadu” (Dice). The raids were carried out by officers from the state police contingent headquarters and Cameron Highlands police district.

State CID spokesman Asst Superintendant Noor Asyikin Shamsuri said the first raid was at a snooker outlet at about 9.30pm on Monday. He said that the premises had been expanded by the addition of a room containing 13 online gambling software equipped computers.

“There were 11 people including a caretaker in the room and they tried to escape, but the police managed to nab all of them,” the police spokesman said, adding that those arrested were aged between 18 and 39.

In the second raid carried out at 2pm on Tuesday, three people were arrested, including a caretaker, for allegedly operating an illegal gambling den the police spokesman said. The trio were aged between 20 and 48, and more computers were seized by the raiding police party.

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