The Lake County Sheriff’s Office Special Investigations Unit wrapped up a two-month operation yesterday evening that targeted illegal gambling establishments throughout the county. During the investigation, which detectives dubbed Operation Jackpot, detectives obtained search warrants for 10 business and made 4 arrests on various charges.
The investigation was initiated after receiving multiple citizen complaints about several of the businesses possibly being illegal gambling establishments, as well as similar tips received through Central Florida CRIMELINE.
As the investigation progressed, detectives were able to establish that all 10 locations were engaging in illegal gambling activities, and as a result, search warrants for each location were obtained.
Agents seized over $200,000.00 in currency, multiple televisions, and cash machines, and arrested 3 on gambling charges and another for possession of a firearm by a convicted felon. Several additional arrests are expected in the near future.
The Leesburg, Clermont, Tavares, and Mount Dora Police Departments assisted with the search warrants.
The target locations were as follows:
Hot Seats, 25327 Highway 27, Leesburg; over $20,000 seized
Lucky U (aka Hot Spot), 25010 Highway 27, Suite C, Leesburg; over $16,000 seized
Dreamers, 25010 Highway 27, Suite A, Leesburg; over $17,000 seized
Fantasy Entertainment, 25010 Highway 27, Suite E, Leesburg; over $10,000 and 3 televisions seized
Winners of Leesburg, 4120 Highway 27, Leesburg; over $21,000 and 4 televisions seized
Hot Spot II (aka Lake Copy and Print), 37415 Highway 19, Dona Vista; over $10,000 seized
Stop N Play, 28333 Highway 27, Leesburg; over $5,000 and a television seized
Winners of Clermont, 1529 Sunrise Plaza Drive, Clermont; over $4,000 seized
Mega Play, 1213 Highway 27, Clermont; over $85,000, 2 televisions, a cash counting machine, and 10 surveillance cameras seized
Los Chiflados (aka Three Stooges), 1450 Sunrise Plaza Drive, Clermont; over $15,000 and 7 televisions seized