Tonga Police. Photo/Kalino Lātū

A prominent Chinese businessman widely known to locals as Tsay was one of 26 Chinese gamblers Police have arrested on Sunday.

More than $89,000 cash had been seized along with five pistol airguns and illegal cigerattes.

Seventeen men and nine women between the ages of 23 to 65-year-old were arrested at a building at Tofoa that belongs to a 48-year-old Chinese, Acting Police Commissioner Pelenatita Vaisuai said in a Police statement.  

She described the incident and the arrests as “mere chance.”

“The Police Drugs Enforcement Taskforce arrested 26 Chinese Nationals for playing games for money or other stakes on Sunday 18 of August 2019, thousand pa’anga and other foreign currencies in an ongoing police operation,” she said.

The statement did not mention Tsay but various sources on social media claimed the gambling was held at one of his properties.

When asked, the Minister of Police has confirmed to Kaniva news Tsay was one of those arrested.

Gambling is prohibited and any social activities on Sunday are not allowed.

All suspects are in police custody while investigation continues.

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