Exclusive: BSO Busts Several Alleged Illegal Gambling Operations In County

Exclusive: BSO Busts Several Alleged Illegal Gambling Operations In County


AN EXCLUSIVE.
ILLEGAL, TONS OF CASH AND A
COUPLE FIREARMS.
THAT’S WHAT CBS4 SAW TONIGHT
WITH A RIDE WITH THE SHERIFF’S
OFFICE SAYS THAT RESTED A
GAMBLING OPERATION.
LIVE AT THE BROWARD COUNTY JAIL
WITH THE PEOPLE ARRESTED ARE
BEING BOOKED. Reporter:
SEVERAL PEOPLE ARE BEING LOOKED
AT THE JAIL ON CHARGES OF
KEEPING A GAMBLING HOUSE AND
BOOK MAKING.
THE SHERIFF’S OFFICE TELLS ME
THIS INVESTIGATION HAS BEEN
UNDERWAY FOR A YEAR OR MORE
WORK IS STRETCHES FROM THE
DOMINICAN REPUBLIC TO SOUTH
FLORIDA UP TO NEW YORK. —
Reporter: SCENES LIKE THIS IN
POMPANO BEACH PLAYED OUT IN
FIVE LOCATIONS IN NORTHERN
BROWARD COUNTY.
ARE SOME OF THE MONEY THAT
TAKEN IN.
Reporter: HE WALKED US
THROUGH SEVERAL ALLEGED ILLEGAL
OPERATIONS.
THIS ONE HAD STACKS OF CASH, A
WALK-UP WINDOW, A COMPUTER AND
LOTS OF BETTING SLIPS. YOU
WILL RECEIVE A SLIP JUST LIKE
THIS.
Reporter: THIS GUY RAN THE
SHOW.
HE DIDN’T WANT TO TALK TO US.
FITZPATRICK SAID THESE TYPES OF
GAMBLING OPERATIONS ARE
BECOMING MORE PROLIFIC.
BECAUSE IT IS CASH BASE
GENERALLY LOCATED IN HIGH CRIME
AREAS, THERE IS A HIGH
POTENTIAL FOR VIOLENCE.
SPEC WE’VE HAD SEVERAL
SHOOTINGS.
WE HAVE HAD ONE ABOUT TWO
MINUTES AWAY FROM HERE TAKING
DOWN WITH THREE GUYS WITH AK-
47. Reporter: THREE
BUSINESSES WERE BUSTED IN THE
SAME SHOPPING PLAZA.
IN THE FRONT, IT LOOKS LIKE A
CLOTHING STORE.
IN THE BACK IT IS A GAMBLING
OPERATION.
IF THEY SO CLOSE, IT IS VERY
SELDOM.
WE HAVE NEVER SEEN THEMSELVES
IN A CLOTHING. Reporter: THE
WOMAN WORKING HERE WASN’T HAPPY.
I DON’T WANT TO TALK ABOUT
IT. Reporter: HAD ANOTHER SHOT
— SPOT, ANOTHER GAMBLING SPOT
OPEN AND RUNNING.
BSO HOPES THE BEST MEANS LESS
VIOLENCE ON OUR STREETS.
IT’S JUST A MATTER OF TIME
WE HAVE A HOMICIDE.
WE’RE TRYING TO PREVENT THAT BY
ELIMINATING THESE PLACES.
Reporter: HAVE SEIZED ABOUT 1
1/2 MILLION DOLLARS IN THIS
YEAR-LONG INVESTIGATION.

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