Illegal gambling operations busted in West Phoenix

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Two businesses in west Phoenix have been cracked down for conducting illegal gambling operations.

The Arizona Department of Gaming led a combined operation to execute warrants related to illegal gambling operations.

Police officers from Phoenix and Glendale and ADG agents conducted the searches at Lan Anh Billiards, 2635 W. Bethany Home Road and Thanh Long Billiards, near 35th Avenue and Indian School Road.

The ADG said its agents seized close to $1 million in cash, several illegal gambling devices (seven Dragon games) and other assets.

The case will be sent to the Maricopa County Attorney’s Office for prosecution. The unnamed suspects could face charges up to a class 5 felony for conducting a criminal enterprise and other miscellaneous charges.

“I wish to thank our agents, as well as our partners in the Phoenix and Glendale police departments for their hard work,” Ted Vogt, director of the ADG, stated in a release. “The Arizona Department of Gaming takes its duty to enforce the gambling laws in our state seriously. Our agents are steadfast in thoroughly investigating all suspected illegal gambling activities to protect the public and ensure compliance with the law.”