7 men nabbed for various offences after easing of safe management measures

Seven men, aged between 21 and 52, were arrested for various offences during a series of joint operations conducted between March 29 and 2 April 2, following the relaxation of safe management measures.

The operations were led by the Secret Societies Branch of the Criminal Investigation Department and supported by the seven Police Land Divisions.

"A total of 84 public entertainment and nightlife establishments, food and beverage outlets, and 234 persons were checked during the island-wide operations," said the police in a statement on Tuesday (Apr 5).

Five men, aged between 21 and 40, were arrested for being suspected members of unlawful societies.

Additionally, a 28-year-old man was arrested in connection to a rioting case in August 2021 while a 52-year-old man was nabbed for possession and consumption of controlled drugs.

Police investigations against all seven individuals are ongoing.

Anyone found guilty of being a member of an unlawful society shall be liable to a jail term of up to three years and/or a fine of up to $5,000.

The offence of rioting is carries a jail term of up to seven years and caning.

Anyone found guilty of possessing controlled drugs may face up to 10 years in jail and/or a fine of up to $20,000, while the consumption of controlled drugs is punishable with up to three years in jail and/or a fine of up to $10,000.

The police said they will continue their proactive enforcement effort to suppress criminal and secret society activities as safe management measures are being relaxed.

"Firm action will be taken against anyone who is found to be associated with secret societies and choose to flout the law," they added.

"Members of the public are also advised to steer clear of any unlawful activities, and to report those engaging in such unlawful activities to the police immediately."

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