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New York.- Police culminated Operation Big Splash and busted an illegal betting ring in Rockland with international ties met a swift end Wednesday night, an investigation that netted more than $130,000 in cash and 32 arrests, scarsdale.patch.com reports.

It said the sting uncovered a Dominican Lottery that was operating out of 18 businesses—many of them mom-and-pop stores—throughout Haverstraw and West Haverstraw; barbershops, delis, grocery stores and other merchants took in thousands of dollars in wages over a four-month period. “The Dominican Lottery is akin to New York's Pick 3 Lottery, officials said, and allows players to win up to $600 with a $1 investment.”

Citing officials, the news source said Wednesday night's sweep required 100 police officers and nine simultaneous search warrants; authorities met no resistance, but uncovered an illegal handgun. There was a previous sweep on March 14.

Authorities seized wads of 20 and 50 dollar bills, marble notebooks with betting numbers scrawled in them, computers and receipts during the sting. Police displayed the evidence on a folding table in Haverstraw Town Hall at a Thursday morning press conference, and sounded off on the operation. scarsdale.patch.com

"I take exception to those who might call illegal gambling a victimless crime," said Haverstraw Police Chief Charles Miller. "These illegal activities provide fuel that drives a variety of illicit activities in our town, often leading to an increase in other 'quality of life' crimes."

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Written by: RobertoJose, 30 Mar 2012 7:58 AM
From: United States, FREEPORT, Long Island.... ((You're blind to the fact that you're blind))
"I take exception to those who might call illegal gambling a victimless crime," said Haverstraw Police Chief Charles Miller. "These illegal activities provide fuel that drives a variety of illicit activities in our town, often leading to an increase in other 'quality of life' crimes."<------ Out of touch with the community, that's all.
Written by: josean, 30 Mar 2012 8:05 AM
From: United States, Fighting the Dictatorship of the Narco PLD Mafia; Guillermo Moreno President 2016


If you (the government) take TAXES and FEES on the gambling then it becomes "Victimless" right Chief Miller?

What Hypocrisy!
Written by: BLANCO, 30 Mar 2012 9:54 AM
From: Dominican Republic
did you guys ever consider plagerism as a crime......this is directcopy of the storyin scarsdale patch....give credit where do!!!!!
Written by: abasicservice1com, 30 Mar 2012 11:22 AM
From: United States, Nogal, New Mexico
Lottery is not harmful to the community if the state conducts the lottery and takes the profit.
Only when private company wants to conduct lottery is it harmfull to the community
Written by: danny00, 30 Mar 2012 12:15 PM
From: United States, Old Westbury Long Island

if you (the government) take taxes and fees on the gambling then it becomes "victimless" right chief miller?

what hypocrisy! correct to a point. in 1971 or 1972 big raids where made on meyer lanskys numbers business which then put them out of business in new york city, few months later the state of new york went into the numbers and horse betting business {otb} lanskey and his hench men made million without paying a dime in taxes. so nothing gets back for building roads, schools, welfare programs for the poor. yes many will say the so now misplaces lots of this money and i will leave it that but hugh amounts goes back for the people. with the likes of meyer laskey all goes into his and the mafia pockets.
the daily news and new york times made this story their headlines.
in these days brooklyn numbers where a living for the millions of folks from puerto rico. south 1st b'way all that area when they moved out the dominicans moved in.
i used to live other there.

Written by: danny00, 30 Mar 2012 12:19 PM
From: United States, Old Westbury Long Island
in a real country with real police and governments
do not sell drugs, do not run numbers business, do be in the pimp business.
can go on and on taxes or nor taxes there are laws the people must respect and obey, if they dont then we become other dominican republic.
Written by: Rainman, 30 Mar 2012 12:47 PM
From: United States
Numbers games in immigrant communities have existed and will exist for ever regardless of what authorities do, these are bonding traditions brought from the countries of origins every community has them
Written by: curlando, 30 Mar 2012 2:08 PM
From: United States, Bronx
How can I start one of these lottery?
Written by: mannyberrios, 31 Mar 2012 6:55 PM
From: United States
Dose it include sports betting?
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