Following an 11-day multi-agency enforcement operation in Singapore’s Geylang area led by the Bedok Police Division, 50 persons, 47 men and three women aged 21 to 73, are being probed for various offenses. The operation was performed between September 29 and October 9.
During the operation, officials from the police and the Immigration and Checkpoints Authority (ICA) searched an industrial building unit on Sims Avenue, resulting in the arrest of 24 men and one woman for violating the Gambling Control Act. More than S$4,000 in cash and gaming equipment were seized. Those found guilty of gambling with others in an unauthorized place face fines of up to S$10,000, up to six months in prison, or both. If found guilty of unlawful betting, gaming, or lottery operations, offenders may face a S$200,000 fine and up to five years in prison.
In separate operations along Lorong 20 and Lorong 22 in Geylang, officers from the Health Sciences Authority, ICA, and Central Narcotics Bureau seized roughly S$11,000 in cough syrup, sexual enhancement medicines, and other illegal supplements. Two men are being investigated for importing, manufacturing, and/or distributing unregistered healthcare products. If found guilty, they risk up to two years in prison, a S$50,000 fine, or both.
In addition, police raided a massage business on Geylang Road and arrested a 48-year-old woman for a vice-related offense. A 67-year-old woman is being probed for possible Massage Establishments Act breaches. Offenders convicted of prostitution-related offenses face up to seven years in prison and fines of up to S$100,000. Those found guilty of intentionally renting out premises for vice-related activities face fines of up to S$100,000, up to five years in prison, or both. If found guilty of providing massage services without a valid license, offenders might face a S$10,000 fine, up to two years in prison, or both.
As a result of the enforcement efforts, two people, aged 23 and 38, were detained at public entertainment establishments in Geylang. If they are found to be a member of an unlawful society, they may face fines of up to S$5,000, imprisonment for up to three years, or both.
In addition, eight men and one woman were seized during a Geylang operation targeting illegally modified personal mobility devices and power-assisted bicycles. Two of the bicycles were confiscated, and the accused are being investigated for various Active Mobility Act offenses. If they are found to have illegally modified their automobiles, they may face fines of up to S$5,000, imprisonment for up to three months, or both.
Finally, on October 9, Singapore Customs agents started an enforcement operation, issuing composition amounts and advise to 10 males for possessing duty-unpaid cigarettes and seizing 16 packages and 72 sticks. Offenders found in possession of duty-unpaid products face fines of up to 40 times the amount of duty and goods and services tax evaded, up to six years in prison, or both.
Police Chief The commanding officer of the Geylang Neighbourhood Police Centre, Muhammad Firdaus Bin Abdul Raub, encouraged the public to report individuals engaging in illegal activities, emphasizing the police’s commitment to working with other enforcement agencies to maintain neighborhood safety and security.
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Original story by: Channel News Asia
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