PENAMPANG – An illegal mini casino was busted just eight hours after opening its doors in Penampang near here.
Some 33 people, aged between 20 and 67, were arrested during the raid.
Among those arrested were 15 workers as well as 18 clients, three of whom were Indonesian women.
Sabah police CID chief Datuk Salehuddin Abdul Rahman said Monday, the mini casino, located in three renovated shop lots along Jalan Bundusan, was raided by police at about 12.50am on Monday.
He said initial investigation showed that the illegal casino had just opened for business at 4pm on Sunday.
Salehuddin said police also seized more than RM128,000 in cash, 17,194 gambling chips as well as roulette and baccarat tables.
Also seized were playing cards and a computer set.
Just as police team were raiding the illegal casino, they noticed a group of people playing mahjong at a nearby shop lot.
He said the police team immediately arrested five people in the premises.
Forty-six gambling chips valued at RM3,000, a mahjong game set and a table were seized.