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Police bust illegal gambling ring in Gretna

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Gretna police raid Lucky Times Internet Cafe for allegedly operating a gambling establishment without a license Gretna police raid Lucky Times Internet Cafe for allegedly operating a gambling establishment without a license

Gretna, La. - Gretna police raided an Internet cafe Wednesday in a busy shopping center on the West Bank Expressway and two people are in police custody.

Authorities say the business was illegally offering gaming services.

Gretna authorities say in October, an undercover investigation began into activities at Lucky Times Cafe and what they found was nothing short of a full scale operation for gambling.

Two of the owners, Jason Tomas and Manuel Villagran, were taken from the establishment in handcuffs. A third owner is being sought. All are from the Detroit area.

Gretna authorities say the owners of Lucky Times got a license in Louisiana for a business to rent computer time to customers and also run a fax and printing service, but that was just a front for the gaming service.

There are more than 100 terminals in the business allowing patrons to play roulette, black jack, video poker and other games.

The business is right next door to the Fairgrounds Offtrack Betting Outlet. Deputy Chief Anthony Christiana says the company was actually capitalizing off the OTB.
By pretending to be one kind of business while operating as another, Christiana says Lucky

Times avoided gaming license requirements and gaming taxes.
Authorities say they also raided two other Lucky Times locations in New Orleans.

A third owner is expected to be arrested.

 

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