KCSO: Illegal gambling on the rise

KCSO: Illegal gambling on the rise


AS A MAN ACCUSED OF BITING MAN’S BEST FRIEND DURING AN ARREST STANDS BEFORE A JUDGE. PLUS, WE’LL SHOW YOU HOW KCSO IS CRACKING MADNESS, THE KERN COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE SAYS IT’S SEEN A SPIKE IN ILLEGAL GAMBLING OPERATIONS IN OUR AREA. NOW WE’RE GETTING A GOOD LOOK AT HOW THEY’RE TAKING ON THE PROBLEM. 17’S KAREN HUA JOINS US WITH THE DETAILS. MARCH IS NATIONAL PROBLEM GAMBLING AWARENESS MONTH. AND MORE THAN A MILLION CALIFORNIANS SUFFER FROM RYAN DUNBIER: “THEY WERE RIGHT OUT IN THE OPEN BECAUSE THEY WERE OPERATING UNDER THE PREMISE THAT THEY WERE LEGAL.” KAREN: ILLEGAL GAMBLING IS ON THE RISE IN KERN COUNTY – ACCORDING TO THE SHERIFF’S OFFICE SINCE JANUARY 20-18, KCSO HAS MADE MORE THAN 100 GAMBLING CHARGES. RYAN DUNBIER: “AT ONE POINT WE HAD 14 OPERATIONAL ILLEGAL GAMBLING OPERATIONS BETWEEN BEARDSLEY AVENUE AND CHINA GRADE LOOP UP TO NORTH CHESTER AVENUE.” KAREN: WHY PEOPLE GET INTO THE BUSINESS? RYAN DUNBIER: “ONE OF THESE BIG TABLES, WE WERE ESTIMATING UP TO 100 THOUSAND DOLLARS A MONTH.” KAREN: IT’S LUCRATIVE – AND ITS HARMING OUR NEIGHBORHOOD S. RYAN DUNBIER: “WE WERE SEEING A GREAT INFLUX OF CRIMES UNRELATED TO THE GAMBLING–NARCOTIC S, ASSAULT WITH A DEADLY WEAPON, STOLEN VEHICLES.” KAREN: KCSO SAYS – CRIMINAL ACTIVITY HAS BEEN TENFOLD AROUND SOME GAMBLING OPERATIONS. AND NOW – ILLEGAL GAMBLING IS MUCH MORE HIDDEN. WHAT USED TO BE LARGE PENNY SLOT MACHINES – NOW HAPPENS ON YOUR PHONE – THROUGH APPS. WORSENING THE ADDICTION FOR MANY IN OUR COMMUNITY. KAREN: IF YOU OR SOMEONE YOU KNOW NEEDS HELP, YOU CAN CALL 1-800- GAMBLER, THAT’S G A M B L E R. YOU CAN TEXT SUPPORT TO 53342. OR YOU CAN CHAT ONLINE AT 800 GAMBLER DOT CHAT. THESE ARE ALL FREE, CONFIDENTIAL SERVICES. KAREN HUA, 17 NEWS.

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