Police seize cash, illegal gaming machines

Police seize cash, illegal gaming machinesOfficers of the Ridgecrest Police Department with some of the gaming machines seized in last week’s raids — Courtesy photo

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By BRIAN COSNER

News Review Staff Writer

Officers of the Ridgecrest Police Department seized five illegal electronic gambling machines from two local establishments last Friday. According to a press release, police also seized thousands of dollars in cash associated with gambling operations.

Police first seized two machines from Puff N Stuff Smoke Shop, 634 S. China Lake Blvd. Reportedly seized was $7,700 in cash, with Elias Naoum and Noura Morad arrested.

Later that day, police reportedly saw two illegal gambling machines inside the Tobacco Center, 219 W. Ridgecrest Blvd. Officers and detectives entered the establishment where they discovered three illegal machines which they seized, in addition to $8,900 in cash.

They also arrested owner Atieh Sulemon.

“The state law defines any machine that pays out more money than you put in as a gambling machine,” said Sgt. Aaron Tucker. He added that a gambling license is required for any sort of gambling machine, but that some are outright illegal.

“If you are a business owner and have any questions regarding the legality of any machines, feel free to contact us and we will help you out.”

Story First Published: 2019-01-11