More than 400 people have been arrested across Asia following a five-month operation co-ordinated by Interpol that targeted illegal soccer gambling controlled by organised crime gangs.

Police officers across the region identified and shut down 272 underground gambling dens, which were estimated to have handled more than US$680m worth of illegal bets worldwide.

“These significant results demonstrate the impact that national law enforcement can have on organised crime in their own country when their efforts are co-ordinated through Interpol’s global network and resources,” said Interpol’s executive director of police services, Jean-Michel Louboutin.