Posted: Mar 21, 2013 8:13 PM by Andrew Ellison - email@example.com
Updated: Mar 22, 2013 10:32 AM
SAN DIEGO - Duval County Sheriff's Deputies raided three games rooms in San Diego last night. They shut them down, arrested seven employees, and recovered $33,000 in cash.
Undercover operations revealed that the game rooms were illegally giving out cash prizes. Officers were able to go into the game rooms undercover and win cash prizes.
The employees are charged with engaging in organized crime, which is a felony.
Officers actually said they had enough evidence to shut down all six game rooms in San Diego, but only had enough resources to raid the three that they did.
By the way, those other three game rooms shut down themselves after last night's raids.
Back in September, the Sheriff's Department warned all game rooms operating illegally to shutdown, and most did.
But many re-opened this past January, when the San Diego City Council agreed to let game rooms operate within the city as long as they did so legally.
Investigators even showed us that one of the game rooms was ripping customers off with rigged games.
For example, one game had a wheel that you spin and whichever number you landed on was a cash prize, but the wheel was weighted so that you could never land on the big prizes like the hundred dollars.
Sheriff Romero Ramirez says not only were the game rooms operating illegally, but with all that cash floating around, it was dangerous.
"We've had robberies that occurred in the past. Two of the four occurred at gunpoint where there was exchange of gunfire. So I couldn't live with that and at the same time turn my back to the illegal activity going on," he says.
Officers tell me these game rooms were making anywhere from $15,000 to $30,000 on an average day.
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