POSTED: 4:50 p.m. HST, Mar 5, 2012
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.