32 under investigation after operation against illegal gambling, vice activities and more

A total of 32 individuals aged between 21 and 73, are being investigated for various offences following a multi-agency enforcement operation conducted from September 25 to October 8.

The operation was led by Bedok Police Division and supported by officers from the Criminal Investigation Department (CID), Central Narcotics Bureau (CNB), Health Sciences Authority (HSA), Immigration & Checkpoints Authority (ICA), Singapore Customs, Ministry of Manpower (MOM) and Singapore Food Agency (SFA).

"The operation aimed to clamp down illegal activities in the Geylang Lorongs, including illegal gambling, vice activities, sale of illegal sexual enhancement medication and illegal hawking, among others," said the police in a news release on Wednesday (Oct 19).

Illegal gambling

In a joint enforcement operation against illegal gambling involving ICA and MOM, the police raided an industrial unit along Lorong 23 Geylang.

In another joint operation, police raided a commercial unit along Ubi Road 1 and an F&B establishment along Lorong 29 Geylang.

Ten men and one woman, aged between 46 and 73, are under investigation for their suspected involvement in gambling offences under the Gambling Control Act 2022.

Makeshift gambling tables and other gambling paraphernalia were seized during the operation.

Under Section 20(3) of the Gambling Control Act 2022, an individual who gambles with an unlicensed gambling service provider or at unlawful gambling place shall be guilty of an offence and be liable on conviction to a fine of up to $10,000 and/or up to six months in jail.

Under Section 18(3) of the Gambling Control Act 2022, an individual who conducts betting operations, gaming or lotteries unlawfully, shall be guilty of an offence and be liable on conviction to a fine of up to $200,000 and up to five years in jail.

Unregistered health products and illegal e-vaporisers

In a series of joint operations along the Geylang Lorongs involving HSA, ICA and CNB, unregistered health products consisting of cough syrup and various sexual enhancement products with an estimated value of around $14,687 were seized, along with one e-vaporiser and related accessories.

Four men are being investigated under the Health Products Act 2007.

Those found guilty of importing, manufacturing and/or supplying of unregistered health products, may be liable to an imprisonment term for up to two years and/or a fine of up to $50,000.

Those found guilty of selling, offering for sale, possessing for sale, importing or distributing e-vaporisers and its accessories, are liable, for the first offence, to a fine of up to $10,000 and/or up to six months in jail, and for the second or subsequent offence, a fine not exceeding $20,000 and/or up to 12 months in jail.

In addition, offenders found possessing, using and purchasing such items are liable to a fine of up to $2,000.

Vice-related activities

As part of the enforcement operation against vice activities, two massage establishments located along Geylang Road are being investigated for purportedly operating without a valid licence under the Massage Establishments Act 2017.

Two women, aged 39 and 54, were arrested for offences under the Women’s Charter 1961.

Anti-vice operations were also conducted by the CID and Bedok Police Division, with support from ICA, focusing on the Geylang Lorongs and hotels in the area. Ten women and one man, aged between 24 and 41, were nabbed for offences under the Women’s Charter 1961.

Enforcement operations were also conducted at public entertainment outlets along Geylang Road and Geylang Lorongs 18, 20 and 35. Two men, aged 25 and 26, were arrested under the Societies Act 1966.

Duty-unpaid cigarettes

Officers from the Singapore Customs conducted enforcement against duty-unpaid cigarettes.

Two men, both aged 69, were arrested under the Customs Act 1960, for purportedly dealing with duty-unpaid cigarettes, while another man, aged 64, was issued with a composition fine for being in possession of duty-unpaid cigarettes.

Buying, selling, conveying, delivering, storing, keeping, possessing, or dealing with duty-unpaid cigarettes are serious offences under the Customs Act 1960.

The offence carries a fine of up to 40 times the amount of duty and GST evaded and/or imprisonment for up to six years.

Investigations against the 32 individuals and two massage establishments are ongoing.

The police said they have zero tolerance towards illegal activities and will take firm action against those who blatantly disregard the law. Members of the public are advised to report those engaging in unlawful activities to the police.

Commanding Officer of Geylang Neighbourhood Police Centre and Superintendent of Police Muhammad Firdaus Bin Abdul Raub lauded all the agencies involved for their strong support.

He also commended the officers for their professionalism and excellent teamwork during the operation, adding: "The police will continue to work closely with other enforcement agencies to clamp down on illegal activities."

View more photos of the raids in the gallery.