15 people, comprising 14 men and one woman aged between 30 and 51, were arrested for suspected involvement in gambling activities on Nov 18, 2017. Among them, a man was also arrested for an immigration offence.

The suspects, including the tenant of the unit, were nabbed by police officers from the Bedok Police Division and Immigration & Checkpoints Authority (ICA) in a joint operation at a private residential apartment located along Geylang Lorong 30.

According to a police statement, cash amounting to $2,302 and gambling paraphernalia were seized. Investigations are ongoing.

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Commanding Officer of Geylang Neighbourhood Police Centre, Superintendent of Police Ben Kwok said: “This joint operation led by Police is an ongoing enforcement effort to clamp down on such illicit activities in Geylang. We will continue to work closely with enforcement counterparts to eradicate criminal activities. Offenders will be dealt with in accordance to the law.”

Anyone convicted for the offence of being the owner/occupier and using the place as a common gaming house may be fined between $5,000 and $50,000 and jailed for up to three years. 

Any person caught gaming in a common gaming house may be fined up to $5,000 or jailed for up to 6 months, or both.

Under the Immigration Act (Chapter 133), the penalties for overstaying or illegal entry are a jail term of up to six months plus a minimum of three strokes of the cane, while the penalties for illegal departure is a fine of up to $2,000, a jail term of up to six months, or both.

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