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8 Arrested After San Jose Police Find Illegal Gambling Operation

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Eight people were arrested Tuesday after San Jose police responding to a reported fight in East San Jose instead found an illegal casino with 15 slot and video gambling machines, a spokesman said today. Police received a 911 call about a male and female fighting at a residence in the 100 block of South Capitol Avenue south of Alum Rock Avenue. Officers witnessed people fleeing from the home when they arrived, police spokesman Officer Albert Morales said.

Police found 15 illegal slot and video gambling devices inside the residence as well as some narcotics and cash, Morales said. At least 20 people at the scene were rounded up and detained and officers arrested eight of them for outstanding arrest warrants and on suspicion of possessing narcotics, he said.

Police never located any victims of the reported fight, he said. A vice officer will take over the investigation of the illegal gambling operation at the residence, including interviews with some of the detainees, Morales said. Possession of a gambling machine is a misdemeanor in California and police might follow up and recommend further charges to the Santa Clara County District Attorney’s Office, he said.

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