Tuesday, October 25, 2022
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The Port Hueneme Police Department said it dismantled an alleged illegal gambling operation at a local business.
They say that on September 2, 2022, the department received information regarding “a business possibly engaged in illegal gambling involving slot machines known as ‘machinas’.
They say an illegal gambling hall was observed inside the business containing two self-contained “machinas”.
The police described the “machinas” as “gaming machines with play stations that could not be confused with arcade machines because the button layout on the “machinas” was not a six-button layout common on arcade machines.”
Police say on Friday, October 14, 2022, detectives and officers from the Port Hueneme Police Department served a search warrant at the Cali Cloud Smoke Shop regarding possible illegal gambling and slot machines at the business. .
They allege that two individuals were found in the company’s back office using a “machina” for gambling purposes.
Police said the machine was seized with allegedly illegal tobacco products and that approximately $2,500 in cash they believe was related to illegal gambling at the business.