STOCKTON – On April 23, at 3:00 pm, Vice Unit Detectives from the Stockton Police Department, along with agents from the State Department of Justice Gambling Division, conducted two raids to shut down illegal online gambling cafes.
The first raid took place in the Lion Center located on Hammer Lane and El Dorado Street. Agents and detectives arrested a self-admitted gang member for two outstanding felony warrants and seized 37 computers, and approximately $2,000.
Based on the investigation that was conducted, investigators discovered a second illegal gambling cafe located at a shopping center in the 1000 block of E. March Lane. Less than 12 hours later, at 9:30 pm, agents and officers raided this cafe and seized approximately 20 computers, $1,000, and arrested three suspects. Among the arrestees, two were documented gang members, who were parolees at large, and the third suspect was found to be in possession of drugs and drug paraphernalia.
These businesses were immediately shut down.
The Stockton Police Department is cracking down on illegal internet gambling and has a strong message to the owners of these establishments. “We have heard from our business community and citizens that they, along with us, do not want you in the City of Stockton. Once we find out you are operating an illegal internet gambling cafe, we will seize your computers and money, and then shut down your business. You will also be faced with jail time.”
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Michael Chaoui is an International Business student minoring in Journalism. Apart from writing for Crime Voice, he is also a comedy writer and stand up comedian.