69 men and 35 women, aged between 15 and 76, were arrested for various offences in a five-day multi-agency joint enforcement operation conducted from 22 to 26 April 2019.
In a press rleease on Monday (29 April), the police said that the operation was led by Jurong Police Division and supported by officers from the Central Narcotics Bureau (CNB), Immigration & Checkpoints Authority (ICA), Singapore Civil Defence Force (SCDF), Land Transport Authority (LTA) and Singapore Customs.
The operation covered various locations such as Tuas, Jurong West, Choa Chu Kang, Bukit Panjang and Bukit Batok, it noted.
During the operation, 36 men and eight women were arrested for loansharking activities, drink driving, immigration-related offences, rioting, suspected drug-related offences and other offences. A total of 218 cartons and 169 packets of assorted brands of duty-unpaid cigarettes were seized.
According to the police, the total excise duty and Goods and Services Tax (GST) evaded amounted to about $18,620 and $1,360 respectively. Twelve Customs offences were detected and seven summons were also issued for road traffic offences.
The police also arrested nineteen women for their suspected involvement in vice-related activities at residential units and employment-related offences at public entertainment outlets.
Ten men aged between 51 to 76 were arrested for illegal horse betting activities. Cash amounting to $1,595 was seized.
While sixteen men and six women were investigated for e-commerce scams and commercial crime-related offences. Preliminary investigations revealed that they were believed to be involved in 31 island-wide cases involving a sum of $1,260,031.
Another nine suspects are under investigation for assisting in loansharking activities, theft and other offences.
The police stated that investigations against all suspects are ongoing.
Commander of Jurong Police Division, Assistant Commissioner of Police Devrajan Bala said that this joint operation is part of the Police’s continuous efforts to clamp down on criminal activities. While the Police work round the clock with other Home Team and law enforcement agencies to clamp down on criminal activities, he also urged the public to stay vigilant.
He also expressed his appreciation to all the officers and agencies involved in the operation for their strong support and added that the Police will continue to work closely with other Home Team and law enforcement agencies in the fight against crime.