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Macau police investigate nearly 300 in anti-crime operation

“Operation Thunder 2024” had 91 officers inspect establishments across the Macau Peninsula, Taipa and Cotai for crimes ranging from illicit transactions, gambling to overstaying.

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The Public Security Police Force (PSP) of Macau has been carrying out its anti-crime operation “Operation Thunder 2024” throughout the Macau Peninsula, where almost 300 (196 men and 95 women) have been arrested and investigated for suspected criminal activities. 

According to Macau news agencies, about 91 officers have taken part in the operation to inspect various establishments across the Macau Peninsula, Taipa and Cotai for criminal activities. The establishments included gaming centres, internet cafes, massage parlours, billiard rooms, casinos and bars. 

Among those arrested and investigated, seven have been charged for participating in illegal activities, including suspected illegal currency exchange, illegal gambling and "suspected supply of accommodation." In addition, a total of 66 vehicles have also been intercepted for investigation for “several vehicular violations, including failure to use driving lights, tires not matching the registration certificate, lack of insurance, motorcycles with less than one year of driving qualification carrying passengers, failure to install identification marks, and improper installation of colour lights.”

“The police will continue to closely monitor the security situation in Macau and make timely adjustments to our operational deployments,” the PSP spokesperson said. 

Just yesterday, Macau’s police busted an illegal mahjong operation, arresting four suspects. The local law enforcement also cracked down on a cross-border crime syndicate last week, which saw 50 people arrested, including a security officer and over RMB 1bn ($13m) recovered from the raid.

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