PERTH AMBOY – Earlier this month, Pert Amboy police arrested 17 people on illegal gambling charges following searches at eight separate locations.
The searches were conducted with the help of members of Immigration and Customs Enforcement, The Middlesex County Prosecutor’s Office Task Force and The New Jersey Division of Consumer Affairs Agency on Thursday, Oct. 3 at approximately 6 p.m. In addition to the arrests, police seized more than $54,000 believe to be proceeds of illegal gambling operations.
The defendants were charged with maintaining a gambling resort, possession of gambling records, possession of gambling devices and promoting gambling. Judge Maria Del Valle-Koch set bail at $7,500.00 for each defendant with no 10 percent option.
According to police, the searches conducted at the following locations led to these arrests:
- “Embarque La Plaza” 390 State Street, arrested were; Edward Pantaleon, 35, and William Cepeda-Peralta, 34, both of Perth Amboy
- “Miguel Stilo Salon” 157 Smith Street, arrested were; Juan Nunez, 59, and Alfredo A. Luna, 47, both of Perth Amboy
- “99 Cents Plus Super Store” 232 Hall Avenue. Arrested was; Jose Luis Martinez Santana, 32, of Perth Amboy
- “Embarque Los Hidalgos LLC” 440 Amboy Avenue, arrested were; Dorian Jimenez, 33, and Marcos Hernandez, 36, both of Perth Amboy, and Juan Carlos Santos Lora, 29 of Paterson.
- “Familia Deli & Grocery” 285 Washington Street, arrested were; Jose D. Henriquez, 52 and Yefferson Castano-Perez, 19, both of Perth Amboy
- “Santiago Supermarket” 432 State Street, arrested were; Robert Guzman Brito, 44, and Larry Polanco Rodriguez, 38, both of Perth Amboy
- “Oliana Supermarket” 292 Smith Street, arrested were; Bernardo Hilario, 49, Jose Moronta Sanchez, 48, and Luis Almanzar, 19 all of Perth Amboy.
- “Worldwide express” 438 State Street, arrested were; Jose Delos Angeles, 47 of Cary, N.C. and Alvaro Azcona, 30, of Keasbey.
The charges against the defendants are merely accusations; they are presumed innocent until proven guilty in court.
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