At least 10 police officers have been arrested in Kosovo throughout a large-scale operation to shut down illegal casinos.
Hundreds of officers took half in the raid in the village of Karachevo on the border with Serbia.
Police stated it was the largest operation of its variety ever carried out in Kosovo and adopted a year-long investigation.
Kosovo banned all playing final yr in a bid to crack down on crime.
Jetish Maloku, chief prosecutor for the japanese district of Gjilan, informed reporters that police had arrested no less than 35 individuals on suspicion of illegal playing, prostitution, and trafficking individuals, weapons and medicines.
At least 10 of these had been border police who had been alleged to have facilitated illegal cross-border exercise.
Twelve illegal casinos had been demolished and playing machines seized, police stated.
In March final yr the federal government banned all playing for 10 years due to its hyperlinks to organised crime.
The invoice was handed adopted the murders of two on line casino employees at completely different areas only some days aside. A police officer was arrested in reference to one of many killings.
Kosovo’s then prime minister Ramush Haradinaj stated on the time that the measure was aimed toward “strengthening public safety”.
“We won’t enable these venues to be arenas of crime that declare individuals’s lives,” he stated on Facebook.
Just earlier than the ban got here into drive, police shut down almost 500 playing websites throughout Kosovo.
Betting, explicit on sports activities, had grow to be vastly standard in Kosovo in latest years.