Posted on: Oct 9, 2021 at 12:40 pm
Last updated: October 8, 2021, 5:09 am.
A store in Hollywood, California was recently raided in Los Angeles. The warrant led to the arrest of a person who allegedly engaged in illegal gambling activities at the facility.
Los Angeles Attorney Mike Feuer announced yesterday that three different stores were recently searched on suspicion of illegal activity. Two were carried out in illegal nightclubs where illegal narcotics were available, police believe. The third case concerns an alleged underground casino.
Fire, who is currently running to become the next Los Angeles mayor, said Los Angeles police executed a search warrant on 5547 Santa Monica Boulevard in September. The investigation began after a man who was beaten and robbed at the allegedly illegal casino gave police a lead.
The LAPD sent an undercover agent into the store, where they observed what appeared to be illegal gaming operations. The undercover cop could also buy methamphetamine.
Business owner admits role
Fire’s office stated that while the search warrant was being carried out, police discovered unlicensed slot machines in the store on Santa Monica Boulevard.
A marquee at the location proclaims it as Young’s Market. The awning of the Quick Shop Mart says there is an ATM, EBT and money orders, and lottery tickets. An adjacent separate entrance to the building claims to be a Korean church.
In addition to the unregulated gaming terminals, the police also confiscated ammunition and “large quantities of cannabis”. Police said a person at the scene admitted to using the rented space as a casino.
🚨BREAKING: City Attorney Mike Feuer is filing 17 criminal charges against two allegedly unlicensed nightclubs and one allegedly unlicensed casino in Hollywood. https://t.co/6UccgHy4tn
– The office of Mike Feuer, LA District Attorney (@CityAttorneyLA) October 7, 2021
Brandon Chang, of unknown age and location, was arrested and charged with one case of illegal land and / or property use. If convicted, he faces up to six months in prison and a $ 1,000 fine.
Several other people were arrested on pending arrest warrants.
Law enforcement agencies in California continue to attempt the Herculean task of breaking into the vast network of illegal underground gambling centers. This week’s bankruptcy is just the latest in a string of raids on allegedly illegal casinos.
Earlier this month, police in Daly City, California, allegedly seized illegal slot machines, narcotics and firearms from a residential building. Last summer Orange County law enforcement charged 24 people with a number of violations. The tickets were for their alleged involvement in an underground gaming network that spans multiple locations and poses as convenience stores.
The police continue to ask residents to speak up if they suspect illegal activity.
The only way we can effectively take the steps we need to make Los Angeles the city we know is to get in touch, “said Feuer. “People need to be confident that if they report allegations, they will be followed up.
“That is one of the reasons I have been so focused on highlighting the great work the LAPD has done time and again in these places and taking extraordinary steps to secure the immediate neighborhood,” he added.