Gambling Raids Take Place in San Diego, Michigan

Posted on: June 21, 2024, 02:41h. 

Last updated on: June 21, 2024, 02:41h.

A search of a San Diego, Calif. residence on Thursday revealed about two dozen gambling machines and $4,700. Cops also seized suspected drugs and drug paraphernalia.

San Diego Police Department SUV
San Diego Police Department SUV, pictured above. Local cops raided an illegal gambling operation. (Image: Flickr)

Nine people were gambling inside the operation during the raid, according to the San Diego Police Department (SDPD). One was charged with possession of a controlled substance and another with visiting a prohibited gambling den.

Eight suspects were warned not to take part in illegal gambling. In the future, they could be charged if they return to an illicit gambling operation, according to SDPD Lt. Jason Scott.

Initially, SDPD officers were tipped off about suspicious activity in the apartment over a business in the Kensington neighborhood.

They investigated and then presented evidence to a local court and were given a warrant to search the property.

Local police want to curb Illegal gambling, especially because it can lead to other crimes, authorities warn.

Illegal gambling dens often attract other criminal activity to the area including narcotics, prostitution, gang-related activity, noise and fighting, and people coming and going at all hours,” Scott was quoted by City News Service.

SDPD’s vice unit and SWAT teams joined patrol officers in the raid.

Michigan Bar Raided

Six slot machine-style devices and $5,161 were seized this month in a raid of a Saginaw, Mich. bar.

Authorities also confiscated $2,820 in gift cards from the Red Horse Bar, Michigan Gaming Control Board (MGCB) officials revealed on Thursday.

The raid took place on June 5 after law enforcement officers investigated a tip from a private citizen about suspicious activity taking place at the bar.

Ignored Warning

The MGCB issued a cease-and-desist letter to the owners of the operation. But alleged illegal activities continued there.

Michigan State Police and the Attorney General’s office assisted MGCB investigators in the inquiry.

The Michigan Gaming Control Board remains steadfast in its commitment to ensuring compliance with all state gambling regulations,” MGCB Executive Director Henry Williams said in a statement. “We will continue to work diligently to identify and eliminate any illegal gambling activities that pose a threat to the integrity of the industry and the welfare of the public.”

Owners Christopher and Nicholas Adams were arrested on gambling charges. They appeared in local court on June 6. Each was released after posting $6K bonds. Charges are pending.