Posted: Mar 21, 2013 11:34 AM
Updated: Mar 21, 2013 6:41 PM
SAN DIEGO - We have new information about the game room crackdown in Duval County. Last night, the Sheriff's Department raided three faciilties in San Diego.
Today, we've learned some of these game rooms were raided after they paid cash prizes to undercover officers. Officers are removing the machines from those game rooms this morning.
One of the games shown to us today is a large wheel which customers could spin to win listed cash prizes. Investigators say paying out cash is illegal, but rigging the wheel to keep people from winning the larger prizes is just wrong.
According to Duval County Sheriff Romeo Ramirez, the raids were a result of an operation where officers were able to go into these game rooms undercover and win cash prizes, which is illegal.
Sheriff Ramirez says they had enough evidence to raid all six game rooms in town but because of a limited amount of resources, they could only raid three. After last night's raids, the remaining three game rooms shutdown on their own.
The Duval County Sheriff's Department recovered $33,000 from the game rooms last night. Seven female employees were arrested. We're told they've been charged with engaging in organized crime and that is a felony.
Sheriff Romeo Ramirez warned all game room operators last September to shut down if they were operating illegally. Most did just that, only to come back as soon as the San Diego City Council approved allowing the businesses inside city limits in late January.
The Sheriff was concerned for residents safety after the violent robbery of one game room last fall.
Council members were looking forward to collecting licensing fees and taxes from the operators.
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