Vietnam police bust Chinese gambling ring

Vietnamese Police

Vietnam police have taken down a massive Chinese-run gambling ring, arresting more than 380 Chinese nationals, according to state media. 

Around 500 police officers in Hai Phong broke the Chinese gambling syndicate in a raid late on Saturday, in what police are calling the largest foreigner-run illegal gambling operation in history. 

Total online bets processed by the syndicate are worth more than US$400 million, according to the media reports.

“This case is considered the biggest ever in terms of scale and the number of foreigners breaking laws on Vietnam’s soil,” Vietnam Television reported.

Police confiscated nearly 2,000 smartphones, 530 computers, bank cards and cash.

Earlier this year, Vietnam police took down what is believed to be the largest-ever internet betting operation in the country worth US$1 billion.

In April, authorities conducted massive raids in cities and provinces in the country after discovering hundreds of thousands of accounts tied to a gambling ring processing US$1.3 billion in funds.