Belfast Telegraph

Pair arrested in illegal gambling and money laundering probe

Two men have been arrested during a major illegal gambling and money laundering investigation in Northern Ireland.

Gambling machines and substantial amounts of cash and criminal property were seized as part of raids on businesses and homes in Lurgan, Dungannon, Antrim and Belfast.

Suspects aged 39 and 69 are being questioned at Lurgan police station.

Detective chief inspector Ian Wilson said: "We believe there is a link between illegal gambling and money laundering which feeds other forms of crime in our community.

"This illegal gambling is often used by criminals as a means of laundering money obtained from organised criminal activity and plays an important role in other forms of acquisitive and organised crime. We are determined to tackle it."

Detectives from the PSNI economic crime unit carried out eight searches on Monday.

A significant number of illegal gaming machines, related technical equipment, documentation and a substantial amount of cash and criminal property were confiscated.

Anyone with information about money laundering or illegal gambling is asked to contact police.

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