There is no question Department of Justice (DOJ) special agents are tough, thorough and tenacious in fighting crime, so it is no surprise to the California Statewide Law Enforcement Association (CSLEA) that DOJ special agents went undercover and assisted the Stockton Police Department in taking down an internet gambling operation.
In an investigation that began in June, special agents went undercover to expose what was really going on at D's Cyber Lounge on Fremont Street in Stockton. From the outside it appeared to be an internet cafe, but inside special agents and police say they found something totally different.
Authorities report seizing guns, drugs, computers, $16,000, cash-counting machines and an ATM. It is believed the illegal gambling operation brought in up to $6,000 a day. Special agents report witnessing online gambling, prostitution and drug trafficking.
The joint effort resulted in the arrest of two people. Online gambling is illegal in the state of California.
"I can only imagine how relieved neighbors and neighboring businesses owners are following this bust," said CSLEA President Alan Barcelona. "Our special agents risk everything when they go undercover and we thank them for all they do in keeping us safe and our neighborhoods crime-free."