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Gambling ring busted in California

19 February 2009

SAN FRANCISCO, California -- As reported by the San Jose Mercury News: "Its nickname is 'the Castle.'

"Investigators say the home on Newhall Avenue in San Francisco was a hub of identity theft, drug trafficking and illegal gambling.

"Authorities from the Santa Clara County District Attorney's Office announced Wednesday they arrested four people after serving a search warrant at 'the Castle.'

"Members of the Santa Clara County-based Rapid Enforcement Allied Computer Team descended on a home in San Francisco's Bay View/Hunters Point District following an ongoing high-tech criminal investigation. The probe was sparked by street information stemming from informants in San Mateo County, according to David Hendrickson, an investigator with the Santa Clara County District Attorney's Office who headed the task force.

"After working on the case for about a year, authorities say 'the Castle' served as an 'after hours' illegal gaming operation, or small-time casino, equipped with slot machines and other illegal gaming devices.

"The raid was conducted Jan. 30, but officials only released the information Wednesday..."

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