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Oakland Authorities bust an illegal casino with dozens of gambling machines and other paraphernalia

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Money, gambling, and drugs go together like peanut butter and jelly. Unfortunately, some individuals enjoy these types of sandwiches a little too much, which ends up getting them into a whole lot of trouble with the authorities. 

Oakland Authorities bust an illegal casino with dozens of gambling machines and other paraphernalia
Photo: oaklandca.gov

An illegal gambling operation in Oakland was busted this June as public tips led the authorities to a sweet discovery full of illicit drugs, weapons, gambling machines, and lots of cash. This included two assault rifles, 30 high-capacity magazines, $21,100 in cash, as well as methamphetamine and heroin worth about $76,000. All of which were seized immediately, along with over a dozen gaming machines found in the building located in the 1400 block of 14th Avenue.

Thanks to the search warrant, the casino operations were put to a halt; however, only one person was arrested. However, it’s highly unlikely that one single individual ran this sketchy business. Now it’s only a matter of whether the man who was arrested will crack down and snitch on the rest of the culprits.

“has plagued this community with narcotics, human trafficking, and illegal gambling. This investigation highlights the success when the community partners with our officers.”, said Chief of OK, LeRonne Armstrong.

Oklahoma has strict gambling laws and only allows its residents to gamble in casinos operating by the Native tribes. No one can open a gambling facility in the state unless it’s on Native land, either. Drugs and illegal guns are out of the question as well, obviously. This unlicensed, run-down operation was neither run by a Native nor located on indigenous territory.

With that said, this type of rebellion leads to serious prosecution. Perhaps running an illegal casino seems like an easy, rewarding task at first, but the risk is much higher than the reward. Someone somewhere will eventually notice the questionable visitors and unusual activity. When that happens, no amount of money will be worth the lengthy jail/prison sentence.

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