SINGAPORE: A total of 38 people – including 26 men and 12 women aged between 21 and 80 – are being investigated for various offenses following joint crackdown operations in the Geylang area, the state said. police in a press release Friday, July 8.
The multi-agency raids, which took place between June 27 and July 2, targeted illicit activities including illegal gambling, vice activities, sale and possession of unpaid cigarettes, sale of illegal drugs for improve sexual performance and illegal peddling.
The crackdown was led by Bedok Police Division and supported by officers from the Criminal Investigation Department (CID), Central Narcotics Bureau (CNB), Health Sciences Authority (HSA), from the Immigration and Checkpoints Authority (ICA), Singapore Customs and the Land Transport Authority. (LTA), Ministry of Manpower (MOM) and Singapore Food Agency (SFA).
In a joint law enforcement operation against illegal gambling involving the ICA and MOM, police raided a commercial unit along Geylang Road.
Eight men and seven women, aged between 22 and 80, were arrested for their alleged involvement in gambling offenses under the Common Gambling Houses Act. Over S$12,000 in cash and gambling paraphernalia was seized.
Another series of joint operations along the Geylang Lorongs involving HSA, ICA and CNB resulted in the seizure of unregistered health products. The confiscated items consisted of cough syrup and various sexual enhancement products with an estimated value of around S$9,000.
Three men are being investigated under the Health Products Act.
Two men and a woman are also being investigated under the Tobacco Act (control of advertising and sales). Electronic vaporizers and components with an estimated value of S$700 were seized during the operations.
A follow-up raid was conducted by the HSA following intelligence obtained during the operations, which led to the seizure of further e-vaporizers and components with an estimated value of S$50,000.