The Criminal Division of East Kowloon Region, together with all police districts, launched an anti-crime operation code-named "LEVINGTON" for four consecutive days (December 30, 2022 to January 2, 2023) to combat triads on a large scale Source of income and curbing juvenile delinquency, and raided multiple locations in Sau Mau Ping, Ngau Tau Kok and Kwun Tong districts, smashing 3 mahjong stalls and 2 unlicensed bars.
During the operation, the police arrested a total of 51 local men, 29 local women and 10 Mainland men and women, aged between 16 and 71, on suspicion of "unlicensed sale of alcoholic beverages" and "unlicensed possession of alcoholic beverages for sale ", "drinking alcohol in an unlicensed place", "operating a gambling establishment" and "gambling in a gambling establishment" and other crimes.
Officers seized a total of 304 cans of beer, 22 bottles of spirits, 5 bottles of red wine, 7 automatic mahjong tables and about 120,000 yuan in gambling money.
The police reiterated that cracking down on triad activities has always been one of the top priorities of the Commissioner of Police.
The Police will continue to take the initiative in law enforcement to combat various criminal activities.
According to Section 17(3B) of the Dutiable Commodities Ordinance (Chapter 109) and Section 25A of the Dutiable Commodities (Liquor) Regulations (Chapter 109B) of the Laws of Hong Kong, the person in charge of the premises must have a valid liquor license before selling And provide any alcohol for customers to drink on the premises, otherwise they may be arrested by the police. Once convicted, they can be fined up to 1 million yuan and imprisoned for two years.
In addition, according to the Dutiable Commodities Ordinance, Chapter 109 of the Laws of Hong Kong and Section 32 of the Dutiable Commodities (Liquor) Regulations, Chapter 109B, drinking alcoholic beverages in places without a valid liquor license can be fined up to 2,000 Yuan.
In addition, according to the "Gambling Ordinance" Chapter 148 of the Laws of Hong Kong, anyone who operates or assists in the operation of illegal casinos can be sentenced to a maximum fine of HK$5 million and imprisonment for 7 years upon conviction.
It is also illegal for any person to gamble in a casino. On first conviction, he can be sentenced to a fine of HK$30,000 and imprisonment for 9 months.