Police officers have swooped on an urban area in the northern Vietnamese city of Hai Phong and busted an illegal gambling ring operated by many Chinese nationals.
Hundreds of officers under the Ministry of Public Security and the municipal Department of Police carried out a raid on the Our City Urban Area in Duong Kinh District, Hai Phong City on Saturday, a source close to Tuoi Tre (Youth) newspaper confirmed.
The area was surrounded by multiple layers of law enforcement officers, while all of its entrances were guarded around the clock.
Officers were able to discover various machines and devices designed for online gambling activities in many buildings of the urban area, the source added.
|Authorities investigate the urban area. Photo: Tien Thang / Tuoi Tre|
Officials from the Hai Phong police department refused to provide further details, adding that they would make an announcement when their investigation ends.
Reporters and unauthorized people were not allowed to enter the urban area at the time of the raid.
Developed by Hong Kong’s Qiafeng Company, the construction of the Our City Urban Area began in 2010 at a cost of US$85 million.
|An entrance to the venue is guarded by police officers. Photo: Tien Thang / Tuoi Tre|
The venue covers 43 hectares and includes premium apartments, villas, five-star hotels, commercial centers, entertainment areas, schools, and hospitals, all of which meet international standards.
Since the project was complete about five years ago, mostly Chinese people have been residing here.
Local authorities stated non-residents have been restricted from entering the urban area.