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12 people arrested for running gambling den in Dubai

Marie Nammour /Dubai
Filed on September 22, 2017 | Last updated on September 22, 2017 at 09.20 pm
Some of the defendants, aged between 37 and 54, have also been charged with gambling.
Some of the defendants, aged between 37 and 54, have also been charged with gambling.

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Some of the defendants, aged between 37 and 54, have also been charged with gambling.

A group of 12 Chinese people have been charged in the Court of First Instance with running a flat as a gambling den. The group, including at least three women, allegedly ran a flat in Naif as a den where gamblers can place bets for money.

Some of the defendants, aged between 37 and 54, have also been charged with gambling. The main defendant, a housewife aged 43, admitted to the charge of running her rented flat as a gambling den. The other women accomplices confessed that they were watching the players during the game to prevent any cheating. The arrest was made on June 15.

"We were first tipped-off that a man and a woman possessed and used drugs. On June 4, we obtained a public prosecution warrant to raid their flat in Meydan Jamal Abdelnasser, Naif area, and arrest them and search their cars and flat," an anti-narcotics police lieutenant said.

"Around 2am on June 15, we, officers from the anti-narcotics division, raided their flat in the Naif area. We arrested the main defendant - a woman. No drugs were found with her. However, we found a group of men and women in a room in her flat gathered around a table. They were clearly gambling. Dices and amounts of money were seen on the table."

Money of different currencies found in a purse were seized, which included Dh20,000 and $850 and 10 Kuwaiti Dinars. Another amount of Dh18,525 found with another suspect was also seized. Cheques were also found and seized by the police officers.

The defendants were all taken to the General Directorate of Narcotics. Their urine samples were all negative for drugs. They were then referred to Naif Police Station on gambling-related charges.

mary@khaleejtimes.com  





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