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Vietnamese Illegal Gambling Syndicate Busted

10 March 2004

HANOI, Vietnam – As reported by the Agence France Presse: "Twenty-five people were arrested in Vietnam for participating in an illegal football gambling syndicate, police said yesterday, ahead of a mass campaign to stamp out the phenomenon.

"The arrests were made after a raid on a hotel in the provincial capital of central Quang Ngai province early on Sunday, during which they were caught watching and betting on English FA Cup matches.

"…During their sweep, police confiscated more than US$2,100, 21 motorcycles and 17 mobile phones.

"On Monday, police announced that a seven-month campaign to dismantle football betting networks will begin next week in 21 southern provinces…"

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