Three counting centres, believed to belong to an illegal bookmaking syndicate, were raided by city police over the weekend.
During the raids, police arrested 10 men and two Thai women to facilitate investigations into the syndicate which was allegedly raking in about RM2 million in bets on horse racing and English Premier League soccer matches.
On Saturday, five of the men and the Thai women were caught collecting bets when police raided a unit on the 10th floor of the Pangsapuri City in Cheras at 12.30pm.
SEIZED: City CID chief Abdul Aziz Bulat (left) shows off gambling chips seized during one of the three raids over the weekend
City CID chief Senior Assistant Commissioner II Abdul Aziz Bulat told reporters that police seized 90 betting slips for horse-racing and football matches, a laptop, 12 cell phones, a fixed phone, 12 post-dated cheques and a pager.
Initial investigations showed the Togel Singapore counting centre was handling up to RM800,000 worth of bets since it began operations two months ago.
From information provided by the suspects, police raided another unit on the sixth floor of the same apartment and arrested a 44-year-old man.
Police also seized 48 decks of cards, several card dispensers and casino chips with a face value of more than RM8 million in the second unit.
Aziz said investigations showed the man had brought in the chips from Thailand recently.
“We believe the man was planning to start a mini-casino,” he said.
Also seized were 75 betting slips, a laptop and several fax machines.
Aziz said a follow-up operation was conducted early Sunday at the Bukit Gembira condominium where two more men, aged 39 and 54 were arrested. Police also seized 28 betting slips and several lap-tops from the unit.
Meanwhile, police detained eight Indonesians and a Malaysian on Saturday on suspicion of dadah trafficking.
The suspects had stayed opposite the apartment which was used as a counting centre on the sixth floor of the Pangsapuri City.
Aziz said one of the suspects had acted suspiciously upon seeing the raid on the apartment.
Checks on their apartment showed dadah paraphernalia and materials used to pack dadah.