City of Modesto, California News Release

For Immediate Release

Contact: Sgt Rick Applegate,
Release Date: Thursday, March 28, 2013, 12:00 AM

Arrests Made at Internet Cafes Acting as Store-Fronts for illegal Casinos in Modesto.


NEWS RELEASE

Release Date: March 28, 2013

Modesto Police Department

Media Relations

Office of the Chief of Police

600 10th Street, Modesto, CA 95354

Author: Sergeant Rick Applegate

 

Arrests made for illegal gambling

 

 Modesto, CA- Arrests Made at Internet Cafes Acting as Store-Fronts for illegal Casinos in Modesto. 

The investigation began approximately two months ago after members of the Crime Reduction Team received complaints from the community regarding quality of life and public nuisance issues such as public intoxication, fighting in public, and gang members loitering around these Internet cafés.

Today two search warrants were served at two separate locations on McHenry Avenue.  Modesto Police Investigators were assisted by investigators from the State Department of Justice.  When officers arrived they found several patrons inside the businesses who were gaming using computers that had been setup. 

The following is a list of the locations and arrests made:

3330 McHenry – “Andthen.com” 29 computers and $3,460 in cash seized

Arrested:

·        Heather Reid, 37 years-old of Modesto, booked for illegal gambling.

·        Theodore Vierra, 32 years-old of Modesto, cited for possession of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia.

·        Giliana Benyamin, 49 years-old of Modesto, booked for possession of methamphetamine.

·        James Van Buskirk, 33 years-old of Modesto, booked for possession of drug paraphernalia and a probation violation.

·        Timothy Coulter, 32 years-old of Modesto, booked for a burglary warrant with a bail of $100,500.

·        Jeffrey Qualls, 34 years-old of Modesto, booked for illegal gambling, possession of drug paraphernalia and possession of methamphetamine.

·        Billy Cheatham, 43 years-old of Modesto, booked for possession of methamphetamine and a parole violation.

·        Christian Boss, 31 years-old of Sacramento, cited for illegal gambling

·        Kelsey Carver, 26 years-old of Modesto, booked for a parole violation.

·        Bradley Jarrell, 49 years-old of Modesto, booked for possession of methamphetamine and two warrants with a bail of $65,500.

3219 McHenry – “LinkNet” , 35 computers and $3,900 in cash seized

·        Chelsie Leanoro 31 years-old of Modesto, cited for illegal gambling

·        Albert Baker 50 years-old of Modesto, booked for possession of methamphetamine. 

The investigation is ongoing.  

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