Nine more gamblers arrested

| 23/09/2008

(CNS): The Police Commissioner’s commitment to enforcing the gambling law is becoming increasingly apparent after nine more people were arrested at the weekend in connection with illegal gambling offences. The Royal Cayman Islands Police Service (RCIPS) said they had arrested a number of people over the weekend on suspicion of various violations including illegal gambling and drugs offences.

On Friday, 18 September, George Town neighbourhood police officers, along with officers from the Immigration Department, arrested four people for being involved in illegal gambling. Three were arrested for selling lottery tickets related to the numbers game, and one was arrested for buying lottery tickets. At the same time a fifth person was arrested for carrying a restricted weapon. Then on Sunday, 21 September, officers arrested another five people for being involved in illegal gambling, four for selling lottery tickets and another for buying.

Last week David George, Acting Commissioner of Police, told CNS that he believed illegal gambling was often linked to other forms of crime and that enforcing the gambling law was part of a holistic approach to crime prevention.

Meanwhile, even before the weekend started officers arrested two men in the early hours of 18 September for possessing an offensive weapon and the other for breaching bail conditions. Officers said that investigations are ongoing to see if the men are linked to other offences, including recent George Town burglaries. On Friday night / Saturday morning (19/20 September), officers arrested two people for drugs offences. A 31-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of possession of cocaine with intent to supply and consuming a controlled drug, and a 44-year-old man on suspicion of possession of cocaine, possession of ganja and consumption of a controlled drug.

Anyone with information about crime taking place in the Cayman Islands should contact their local police station or Crime Stoppers on 800-8477 (TIPS). All persons calling Crime Stoppers remain anonymous, and are eligible for a reward of up to $1000, should their information lead to an arrest or recovery of property/drugs.

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  1. Anonymous says:

    I’m pretty sure that St. Ignacius Church are involved in organised gambling and actively promote it every year.

    $25 dollars a ticket to win $25,000.  This is a lottlery, plain and simple.

    Either arrest the organisers and buyers of tickets or change the law.

  2. Anonymous says:

    NINE MORE PEOPLE ARRESTED FOR GAMBLING….

    The shock wave is spreading throughout the Islands – as many as nine people involved in gambling in the Cayman Islands.

    Wow, gambling is now a new crime that is on the increase, naa exploding, in the Cayman Islands.

    We have never had open gambling in the Cayman Islands before, a previously unheard of unseen activitity in the Cayman Islands….yea right!

    Now let us see how much the Government & all MLA’s really support  Mr. David George, Acting Commissioner of Police in Rule of Law, as the RCIP begins to implement one of the laws which they previously were instructed not to enforce – the Gambling Laws.

    Now, will our Government & all MLA’s put teeth into the toothless Gambling Laws?

    Government & all MLA’s please do not let us down again by continuing to encourage lawlessness, stop turning your blind eye to gambling.