SWAT team involved
Several people have been arrested after a SWAT team and vice detectives carried out an early morning raid on an illegal gambling business in North Long Beach, California.
The raid began with police serving a warrant on the business, which is located on Long Beach Boulevard just south of the 91 Freeway, at 4.30am. This resulted in 64 people being detained, with 11 being arrested.
located on Long Beach Boulevard just south of the 91 Freeway
Those arrested were both male and female, aged between 23 and 46 years old. All persons arrested are being held on bail.
While the raid took place due to concerns about the business being used as an illegal gambling den, arrests were made for other reasons.
Long Beach police spokeswoman Jennifer De Prez said that officers detained 64 people who were found either in and around the storefront, and detectives were still processing evidence some four hours later.
De Prez told how this raid was just one of many carried out over the last few months as police continue to crackdown on unlicensed gambling. She said:
The department will continue to take a proactive approach to target illegal gambling activity in the city, which can often lead to other violent crimes.”
One injury reported
She went on to say that the only injury reported in the raid was when one suspect attempted to flee and a police dog was sent to find him.
Edmond Sims, 36, was then taken to hospital for treatment to minor injuries and arrested. He was found to have resisted arrest and was charged with suspicion of wilful harm on a K-9 during his tussle with the dog.
Meanwhile, Jimmy Trinh, 45, was arrested on suspicion of accepting wagers while eight of those arrested were found to have outstanding warrants.
In August and October, other illegal gambling parlors suffered two deadly shootings. Since then, police have stepped up their raids, arresting eight people in October and detaining dozens more.