TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WTXL) — The Tallahassee Police Department says an ongoing investigation into illegal gambling at local "internet cafés" has led them to arrest five people and seize nearly $5,000 in cash along with two guns, a TASER and several computers.
During the week of March 2, TPD's Special Investigations Section served three search warrants at local businesses hosting illegal gambling operations as part of an on-going investigation.
Police say the gambling operations, typically referred to as “internet cafés,” featured internet-based computer games of chance similar to video slot machines.
The service of the search warrants led to five arrests and the seizure of over $4,300.00 in U.S. currency, two semi-automatic handguns, a TASER conducted electrical weapon, and several computers.
- Grace Entertainment Inc. at 3539 Apalachee Parkway #3
- Southern Amusement Arcade at 1214 Capital Circle Southeast – A & B
- Havana 2009 LLC at 4727 Crawfordville Road #10,11, & 12
TPD initially began an investigation into multiple illegal “internet café” gambling operations in April 2019 after receiving numerous citizen complaints regarding the illegal activity.
TPD investigators will be seeking arrest warrants on additional individuals as this investigation continues. Anyone with information about illegal “internet cafés” may call 850-891-4200 and ask to speak with the Special Investigations Section. They may also remain anonymous by calling Crime Stoppers at 850-574-TIPS.
- Cindye Sears, 41: Maintaining a Gambling House
- Martha Adams, 66: Gambling
- Dameca Lurry, 44: Gambling
- Dustin Delain, 32: Maintaining a Gambling House
- Roberto Rivera, 39: Possession of a Firearm by the Respondent of an Injunction Against Domestic Violence, Possession of a Legend Drug, Possession of a Legend Drug