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Pursuant to Cal Govt. Code Sect 6254(f)
San Jose Police Department
Media Relations Unit
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San Jose Police Target Illegal Gaming Operations in San Jose
Filed under Press Release, on 7/19/2018 11:00:00 AM by Author: Officer Gina Tepoorten #3103.

MEDIA ADVISORY 


San Jose, Calif. - In the last year, the City of San Jose has experienced an increase in criminal activity surrounding businesses that house illegal gaming operations.  In response to local citizen and business complaints, as well as to a series of police calls for service ranging from quality of life issues to robberies and assaults, the San Jose Police Department in conjunction with the Santa Clara County District Attorney's Office, the California Department of Justice, Bureau of Gambling Control, San Jose Code Enforcement and the San Jose Fire Department, completed the initial phases of an on-going investigation targeting various front businesses facilitating illegal gambling operations. 

Five business owners and employees were arrested for possession of illegal gambling machines and other gambling-related offenses.  Five search warrants were executed at businesses located in the 2100 block of Morrill Avenue, the 100 Block of Senter Road, the 1700 block of McKee Road, the 90th block of N.14th Street and the 2600 block of Cropley Avenue.  In total, 51 illegal gambling machines were seized, along with approximately $75,000 in cash.  Several more individual's cases are awaiting review by the Santa Clara County District Attorney's Office for additional charges.  

Officers from the Department of Justice served two additional search warrants.  One was served in the 900 block of Story Road, and the other in the 2000 block of Million Court, as well as a penal code inspection conducted in the 2000 block of Monterey Road.  The Department of Justice, Bureau of Gambling Control located and seized 13 illegal gambling devices, and $280,566.00 in US currency (believed to be proceeds from illegal gambling).  The cases remain under active investigation and more businesses facilitating illegal gambling and/or in possession of illegal gambling machines are expected to be targeted in the future.

San Jose Police Lieutenant Paul Messier, of the San Jose Police Department's Criminal Intelligence Unit said, “We know we have more work to do in shutting down criminal enterprises that are impacting our community. We are asking for anyone with information about additional locations where illegal gaming and other related crimes are occurring to call our tip line at 408-277-3422." 

Persons wishing to remain anonymous may either call the Crime Stoppers Tip Line, (408) 947-STOP (7867), or click the "Submit a Tip" link below. Persons providing information leading to the arrest and conviction of the suspect may be eligible for a cash reward from the Silicon Valley Crime Stoppers.  



BY: Officer Gina Tepoorten #3103 AUTHORIZED BY: Lt. Paul Messier #3049
DATE: 7/19/2018 TIME: 6:30 AM DATE: 7/19/2018 TIME: 6:30 AM


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