Glendale business busted for illegal gambling

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Agents seized more than 40 gambling devices, computers, a vehicle and more than $940,000 at the Jackpot Cafe in Glendale. By Jennifer Thomas Agents seized more than 40 gambling devices, computers, a vehicle and more than $940,000 at the Jackpot Cafe in Glendale. By Jennifer Thomas
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GLENDALE, Ariz. -- Authorities seized dozens of gambling devices Friday during an investigation into suspected illegal gambling activities in Glendale.

An undercover investigation began earlier this year after the Arizona Department of Gaming (ADG) and Glendale Police Department received complaints of an Internet cafe and amusement center that might be hosting illegal gambling activities.

ADG agents confirmed that customers at the Jackpot Cafe near 65th Avenue and Bethany Home Road were playing slot machine-type games to win cash, according to a news release from the ADG.

With the assistance of Glendale police and the Arizona Attorney General's Office, the ADG served simultaneous warrants at the Jackpot Cafe and a private residence of one of the suspects. Agents seized more than 40 gambling devices, computers, a vehicle and more than $940,000. Two patrons were arrested for unrelated charges.

Evidence gathered suggested possible violations including possession of gambling devices, the promotion of gambling, benefiting from gambling and conducting a criminal enterprise.

ADG also launched a financial investigation tracking money from the gambling activities to various accounts throughout the country.

Ignoring a cease-and-desist order served by the Glendale Police Department for licensing violations, the Jackpot Cafc remained in operation until Friday evening.

"The flashing lights and sirens went off at the Jackpot Café on Friday, but there were no winners," said ADG Director Mark Brnovich. "Illicit gambling operations and the public hazards they entail will not be tolerated in our communities."
 
No further arrests have been made as the investigation is still ongoing.

To report suspected illegal gambling, contact your local police department or ADG at 602-255-3888.