SAN DIEGO (A.P.) — Law enforcement officers in California raided dozens of illegal gambling dens in San Diego. Years-long investigation has resulted in nearly 50 people facing federal gambling, gun, and drug charges, authorities said.
The U.S. attorney’s office stated around 450 officers fanned out in East San Diego in morning raids on 24 locations. It resulted in 35 arrests.
Moreover, a total of 47 people are charged in a series of federal indictments. Some people were also selling methamphetamine to gamblers.
Authorities said they seized more than 12 pounds of meth, 640 gambling machines, and around $260,000 in cash throughout a two-year investigation.
Furthermore, authorities raided illegal gambling parlors that allegedly took thousands of dollars per day inside apartments, outbuildings, small businesses, and strip malls.
“According to court records, it is common for employees to give out small quantities of methamphetamine. It keeps them playing and then returning for more,” the U.S. attorney’s office statement said.
“It is unusual to find a patron who does not use or sell methamphetamine inside these establishments.”
Acting U.S. Attorney Randy Grossman further said, “We have taken down the illegal gambling dens, and we have lifted a weight off our neighborhoods.”
“Without these crime magnets in their midst, law-abiding citizens who live in these neighborhoods will be safer.”