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Police Uncover Alleged Illegal Gaming Operation At Cyber Cafe in Santa Ana

Eight people were arrested

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    54 People Detained at Santa Ana Internet Cafe

    Dozens of customers detained and several arrested in a major raid at an internet cafe in Santa Ana. (Published Friday, Sept. 14, 2018)

    Eight people were arrested following a SWAT-led raid of a cyber cafe in Santa Ana, police said Friday.

    On Thursday, police served a search warrant at the Happy Times Cafe at 1117 W. 17th St. Police contacted 54 people in the business, arresting eight on a variety of charges, said Santa Ana police Cpl.  Anthony Bertagna.

    As police have investigated the business in recent days they have arrested several documented gang members on suspicion of possession of guns and
    narcotics and driving stolen cars, Bertagna said.

    Police also uncovered an illegal gambling business in the cafe during Thursday's raid, and they seized multiple electronic gaming machines, Bertagna said.   

    The building was also "red tagged'' by city officials due to "unsafe conditions,'' Bertagna said.

    Santa Ana police Thursday served a search warrant with SWAT officers at a cyber cafe that has drawn multiple complaints from neighbors.

    "We've received complaints from business and residents in the area over the last 10 days. We've been working complaints that it's open day and night and there's a lot of criminal activity going on."

    Police began focusing on the business after receiving  multiple complaints from neighbors.

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