Illegal gambling operations in Phoenix busted over the weekend
An undercover investigation led to the operations being shut down
There are plenty of places to gamble around Phoenix, AZ, but they’re not all playing by the rules. The Arizona Department of Gaming (ADG) has just dismantled a gambling operation in the city that covered six different locations and the operators of all of them are now going to have to answer for their crimes.
This past March, the ADG began an undercover investigation at Tom’s Amusement, also called Tom’s Warehouse. That investigation led to the police activity this past weekend, with the ADG and the Phoenix Police Department serving search warrants at the six locations. They found video poker gaming equipment, ATMs, eight Internet café sweepstakes computers and around $7,000 in cash.
Ted Vogt, the director of the ADG, said in a statement, “The Arizona Department of Gaming takes its duty to enforce the gambling laws in our state seriously. We appreciate our ongoing partnerships with the Phoenix Police Department and the Maricopa County Attorney’s Office in our efforts to stop illegal gambling and its associated crimes.”
Six people were arrested for their alleged involvement in the operations and taken off to jail. The Maricopa County Attorney’s Office is reviewing all the data before presenting formal charges and the six were released until those charges are delivered. The six are looking at charges of money laundering, illegal control of a criminal enterprise, promoting and benefiting from gambling, possession of gambling devices and records, sale of dangerous drugs and possession of drug paraphernalia.