Police in the Central Highlands province of Lam Dong have detained 33 gamblers who were arrested during a raid on a gambling den on Saturday (July 12).
After days of surveillance, police stormed into a house in Truong Tho Village, Tram Hanh Commune, in the provincial capital of Dalat on July 12 and caught 38 people red-handed.
All 38 gamblers were arrested at the scene, though police later released five elderly and pregnant gamblers on bail.
They seized around VND150 million (US$7,083) in cash, four cars, eight motorbikes and more than 30 mobile phones from the house.
They also seized a gun and two bullets from Nguyen Van Chung, a 27-year-old gambler from Hung Yen Province near Hanoi.
A police officer checks property seized during a raid on a gambling den in Da Lat Town, Lam Dong Province on July 12. Photo: Lam Vien
Police say Phan Nguyen Bao Vuong, 39, and Nguyen Ngoc Dung, 30, hired the house from a local couple and began inviting gangsters and gamblers from all over the country to attend.
The gamblers who were not Lam Dong natives told police they arrived last month and rented hotel rooms. Several admitted to bringing along devices to help them cheat.
One of the gamblers, Vu Hoang Oanh (a.k.a Oanh Ha), 57, is a known Hai Phong gangster who was once sentenced to 20 years for drug smuggling and five years for gambling.
Oanh is the older sister of Vu Thi Hoang Dung (a.k.a Dung Ha), an infamous Hai Phong crime boss, whose brazen daylight assassination in 2000 sparked the investigation that would later bring down Truong Van Cam (aka Nam Cam) -- the most notorious gangster in Vietnam's post-war history.
On June 3, 2004, Nam Cam, born in 1948, was executed in Ho Chi Minh City, along with his four gang members Pham Van Minh, Nguyen Huu Thinh, Chau Phat Lai Em and Nguyen Viet Hung, the last being the one who shot Dung Ha.