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12/03/2019 | Press release | Distributed by Public on 12/03/2019 18:02

SEARCH WARRANT AT ILLEGAL GAMBLING ESTABLISHMENT NETS 11 ARRESTS AND MULTIPLE SEIZURES

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On December 3, 2019 at approximately 4:30 a.m., the Vice Investigations Detail, with the assistance of S.W.A.T., conducted a search warrant at a business building located in the 6400 block of Long Beach Blvd., which resulted in the arrest of 11 suspects.

Detectives were first made aware of this location in October when they began receiving complaints of suspicious activity from concerned community members. Through their investigation, detectives were able to determine that the building, which has a business storefront but does not operate as a legal business, was being used to house illegal gambling activity. A total of 11 illegal gambling machines and an unknown amount of cash were located and seized during the search warrant.

Below is a list of suspects who were taken into custody as well as their booking charges and bail amounts:

  • Edmond Sims, a 36-year-old resident of Long Beach, was booked for willful harm on a K-9 with serious injury and resisting arrest and is being held on $20,000 bail
  • Jimmy Trinh, a 45-year-old resident of Rosemead, was booked for accepting wagers and is being held on $10,000 bail
  • Deandre Gregoire, a 42-year-old resident of Bellflower, was booked for an outstanding no-bail warrant
  • Laura Marquez, a 35-year-old resident of Wilmington, was booked for an outstanding warrant and is being held on $50,000 bail
  • Jose Lara, a 27-year-old resident of Long Beach, was booked for an outstanding warrant and is being held on $30,000 bail
  • Tah Hill, a 35-year-old resident of Long Beach, was booked for an outstanding no-bail warrant
  • Richard Hernandez, a 27-year-old resident of Artesia, was booked for an outstanding no-bail warrant
  • Luis Magallaneszayas, a 30-year-old resident of Los Angeles, was booked for an outstanding warrant and is being held on $10,000 bail
  • Eddie Escobar, a 23-year-old resident of Long Beach, was booked for two outstanding no-bail warrants
  • Gerrardo Lopez, a 46-year-old resident of Wilmington, was booked for an outstanding warrant and is being held on $100,00 bail
  • Kianda Beard, a 30-year-old resident of Long Beach, was booked for an outstanding warrant and is being held on $50,000 bail

During the search warrant a suspect attempting to flee was located and contacted by a police K-9. Suspect Sims was then taken into custody and transported to a local hospital to be treated for minor injuries. No other injuries were reported.

The Department will continue to take a proactive approach to target illegal gambling activity taking place in the City, which can often lead to other violent crimes. We urge residents to continue to report any suspicious activity, and with the partnership from our community, we will continue to take appropriate enforcement action when necessary.

Anyone with information regarding illegal gambling activity is asked to contact LBPD Vice Investigations Detectives at (562) 570-7219. Anyone wishing to remain anonymous may call 1-800-222-TIPS (8477), or text TIPLA plus your tip to 274637 (CRIMES),or visit www.lacrimestoppers.org.

Please note, the time of the search warrant was previously reported as 2:30 a.m. The correct time listed is 4:30 a.m.