Police Agents Shut Down Illegal Gambling Operation In Central Brevard

By  //  September 22, 2016

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Paradise Arcade, owned by Yas Max Inc.

A Cocoa police officer suffered non-life threatening injuries after a suspect fled an attempted traffic stop Thursday evening.

Cocoa Police Agents with the Special Investigations Unit along with assistance from the Rockledge Police Department and the Brevard County Sheriff’s Office, executed a search warrant at two local businesses on Thursday for a months-long investigation into the businesses for illegal gambling.

BREVARD COUNTY • COCOA, FLORIDA – Cocoa Police Agents with the Special Investigations Unit along with assistance from the Rockledge Police Department and the Brevard County Sheriff’s Office, executed a search warrant at two local businesses on Thursday for a months-long investigation into the businesses for illegal gambling.

According to Yvonne Martinez of the Cocoa Police Department, the business in question was Paradise Arcade, owned by Yas Max Inc., operated out of three units in plaza in the 1500 block of N. Cocoa Blvd. which occupied suites 1503, 1505 and 1507.

According to a months-long investigation, the businesses were used as a place for illegal gambling.

Agents received information from an anonymous source alleging there was an illegal gambling operation at the location.

After several weeks of undercover operations, investigators developed enough probable cause for a search warrant. The investigation revealed around 100 computers inside the three suites were being used as a portal for online gaming.

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The computers were seized along with cash, ledgers and other assets believed to have been used to support and facilitate the illegal business.

The manager and two employees were arrested, questioned and released pending further investigation. Keeping gambling houses in the State of Florida is a 3rd degree felony punishable by a maximum of 5 years in prison upon conviction.

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ABOVE MAP: Paradise Arcade, owned by Yas Max Inc., operated out of three units in plaza in the 1500 block of N. Cocoa Blvd. which occupied suites 1503, 1505 and 1507.


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