Everett Police Shut Down Illegal Gaming Operation

Several weeks ago the Everett Police Department received information regarding a possible illegal gaming facility located at 365 Ferry St.  Members of the Everett Police Departments Criminal Investigations Unit (CIU) began an investigation into ‘The Ferry Cyber Skill Arcade”.  After three weeks of active investigation, using undercover officers, the lead detective was able to obtain a search warrant from Malden District Court, which was executed on February 21, 2013. The search warrant yielded numerous gaming devices, computers, pre-paid credit cards and cash.

“We have been seeing more of these illegal gaming operations in recent years,” states Police Chief Steven Mazzie, “my department has been and will remain committed to removing them from our community.”

The EPD was able to shut down the illegal operation and lodge criminal complaints against Tony Daniels, age 61, and Grace Daniels, age 53, both of Saugus, along with Mehrdad Roostaie, age 46 of Needham.  These individuals will be charged with conspiracy to violate the gaming laws of Massachusetts, as well as promoting an illegal lottery and maintaining gaming apparatus.

“I am extremely proud of the EPD,” states Mayor DeMaria, “for the last few weeks, we knew there was illegal activity occurring at that establishment, and the Criminal Investigations Unit was both efficient and precise in their investigation.  Investigations such as these take time and effort to be conducted correctly under the law.  The residents of Everett should take comfort knowing that this administration, including our Police Department, is committed to proactively eradicating such criminal elements from our City.”

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