Oakland: Guns, drugs, gambling machines seized after breakup of alleged underground casino

OAKLAND — Police say public tips helped them break up an illegal casino this past week, with authorities confiscating guns, drugs and more than a dozen gaming machines.

Officers served a search warrant Thursday at a building in the 1400 block of 14th Avenue. One person was arrested.

According to Oakland police, they seized eight guns including two assault rifles, 30 illegal high-capacity magazines, and assorted amounts of drugs including methamphetamine and heroin worth about $76,000. Officers also took $21,000 in cash and 18 gaming machines from the site.

Pictured are gaming machines and other items seized from a building on 14th Avenue in Oakland after police served a search warrant connected to an investigation into an illegal casino. (Oakland Police Dept.)

In crediting neighborhood residents with helping key the bust, Chief LeRonne Armstrong said the casino “has plagued this community with narcotics, human trafficking, and illegal gambling. This investigation highlights the success when the community partners with our officers.”

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Author: Robert Salonga