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10 Rockaway Locations Busted
By Joan Ward George

Ten Rockaway gambling locations were busted earlier this week when detectives assigned to the New York City Police Department’s Queens District Attorney’s Office Squad, the Queens District Attorney’s Office’s Detective Bureau, and New York State Police investigators raided these locations and arrested 13 individuals on charges of promoting gambling in the first degree, possession of gambling records and conspiracy.

District Attorney Brown said Monday, "Based on our investigation it appears that this operation took in approximately $20,000 in wages each week at a series of small businesses located in Far Rockaway, Rockaway, and one in Jamaica.

According to the District Attorney, it is charged that Jose DeLeon, 40, of 336 Lincoln avenue, Brooklyn and Luis Gallardo, 38, of 131-01 Liberty avenue, Richmond Hill, were the controllers of the ring. As controllers the two allegedly conducted the day to day business of the operation maintaining the account information of the bettors and overseeing the collection of the day’s bets from the various spots. They were also allegedly responsible for supplying funds to cover winnings at the locations. The others arrested were allegedly clerks at the locations who took the wagers.

The Rockaway gambling dens hit included a dry cleaning establishment, an electronics store, a barbershop, a trailer, and one private house and one apartment. Those arrested giving Rockaway addresses were Gisela Rojas, Minor Barrios, Oscar Barrios, Melva Harris, and Luc Salvant. The others lived in Brooklyn, Ozone Park and Valley Stream. They each face up to four years in prison upon conviction.

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