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13 arrested, $18,000 seized in gambling-room raids in Kona, Hilo

By Star-Advertiser staff

LAST UPDATED: 7:24 a.m. HST, Mar 6, 2012

Hawaii County police seized $18,207 in cash, 17 illegal video gambling machines and gambling records in a raid an on alleged gambling room in Kona Friday, police said.

Police also arrested 12 people in the raid on Alapa Street in Kailua-Kona, including a 44-year-old Hilo man and 54-year-old whom police said are the operation's owner and employee, respectively.

The other 10 people arrested were customers playing on illegal video gaming machines, police said.

In a raid Friday in Hilo, police arrested a 38-year-old woman on suspscion of promoting gambling and other offenses.

All suspects were released pending further investigation.

Police said the raids were the result of a half-year-long investigation into citizen complaints.

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