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Complaints from the Community Leads to Illegal Casino Bust

Date Posted: July 16th, 2021 @ 4:36 PM
Last Updated: July 16th, 2021 @ 4:55 PM
Narcotics, Firearms and cash from illegal casino

OPD NEWS: July 16, 2021

Complaints from the Community Leads to Illegal Casino Bust

The Oakland Police Department (OPD) is investigating an illegal casino operation. On July 15, 2021, Community Resource Officers (CRO) executed a search warrant in the 1400 block of 14th Avenue. Officers recovered eight firearms including two assault rifles, 30 high capacity magazines, a bulletproof vest, large quantities of narcotics worth a street value of $76,000, including methamphetamine, marijuana, heroin, and 60 bottles of promethazine. Officers also recovered more than $21,000 in cash and 18 illegal casino gaming machines.

“For more than a year our community did exactly what we’ve asked,” says Chief LeRonne L. Armstrong. “They partnered with OPD on an issue that has plagued this community with narcotics, human trafficking, and illegal gambling. This investigation highlights the success when the community partners with our officers. We will continue to do our best to address illegal gambling throughout Oakland,” says Chief Armstrong.

One person was taken into custody.

This is part of an ongoing investigation. We ask our community to continue reporting illegal activity to OPD.