SINGAPORE: A 94-year-old man was among nearly 90 people arrested for various crimes in a multi-agency operation this week to curb criminal activities in Geylang, police said in a press release on Sunday (December 6th).
A total of 62 men and 27 women are being investigated after the December 1-6 operation, the Singapore Police Force (SPF) said.
They include 20 men who were investigated for crimes such as alleged sale of illicit drugs, alleged drug-related crimes and being a member of a secret society.
Among them, four men are being investigated for crimes under the Health Products Act.
“Cough syrups and various brands of sexual enhancement and other illegal pills with a street value in excess of $ 13,800 were confiscated,” police said.
In addition, a 94-year-old man was among the 28 people investigated as part of efforts against illegal gambling. More than $ 69,500 worth of cash and game-related accessories were confiscated in the operation, police said.
A 40-year-old woman was also arrested for crimes under the Women’s Charter, after it was found that a massage parlor was operating without a valid license.
Police also conducted an operation aimed at public entertainment points operating illegally amid COVID-19 restrictions.
Thirty-four people were investigated for offenses such as non-compliance with COVID-19 regulations by operating public entertainment venues while being prohibited from doing so and breaching safe distance measures, as well as non-compliance with the license. public entertainment and liquor license conditions.
“In this particular operation, a man and five women, aged between 16 and 42, were arrested for crimes under the Foreign Labor Employment Act,” police added.
In another case related to unpaid cigarettes, a 42-year-old man was arrested and five cartons and eight packs of cigarettes were confiscated. The amount evaded was S $ 500 in excise taxes and S $ 40 in Goods and Services Tax (GST), police said.
In an operation against illegal trade, five people received a call for second-hand goods, such as clothes and shoes, in a public place without a valid Singapore Food Agency (SFA) license.
Investigations against all the suspects are ongoing, police said.
“This operation is part of a multi-agency effort to curb criminal activity in Geylang,” said Geylang District Police Center Commander and Deputy Police Superintendent Lee Ting Wei.
“I am grateful for the continued support of the various control agencies, which will go a long way in keeping Geylang safe and tidy.”
The police operation, led by the Bedok Police Division, was supported by officers from the Department of Criminal Investigation, Central Narcotics Office, Health Sciences Authority, Immigration Authority and Checkpoints. , Land Transport Authority, Singapore Customs and SFA.