This week, an illegal gambling ring was busted in Hawaii. Law enforcement officials from several departments participated in this operation, and the entire action was supported by U.S. District Attorney Kenju Price.
Two illegal gaming operations were held in two homes situated in Pearl City and Waipahu.
The Honolulu police, FBI, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives, and the Department of Homeland Security all participated in this operation where 60 illegal gaming machines and $150,000 in cash were confiscated.
Of 15 felons involved, seven have managed to escape the raid. Although they are free for now, it’s just a matter of time before they get busted.
Kenju Price, the U.S. District Attorney, is bent on dismantling illegal gambling rings in the State:
“With today’s announcement of criminal charges, civil forfeitures, complaints, and seizures, we’re communicating a very clear message to illegal game room owners. Our goal is to take your property through civil or criminal forfeiture. And if you or anyone else you know happens to get a cut of the proceeds of illegal gambling, we’ll be trying to seize that, too.”
“Through our investigations, we’ve identified 80 illegal game rooms on Oahu alone. They’re located in commercial areas and houses located in residential areas. Our plan is to serve the owners or operators of each of these gambling establishments with a notice of illegal use of their property.”