The police also seized alcohol that was sold without a license in this gambling den located at 500, chemin du Coteau-Rouge.
The owner of the clandestine casino, meanwhile, lost his bet to operate a gambling house in the shadows. In total, the SPALseized $35,147 in cash, alcohol and furnishings.
It was thanks to the information transmitted by witnesses in 2021 that investigations had been initiated at the location of 500, boulevard Sainte-Foy (today Chemin du Coteau-Rouge) in Longueuil, indicated the SPALon social networks.
Initially, the denunciation was
in connection with health measures which were in effect in the Longueuil region in April 2021, in this case the curfew from 8 p.m. to 5 a.m., indicates a press relations officer from the SPAL contacted by telephone on Friday.
At that time, a first intervention by the SPAL
personnes sur les lieux, des tables de poker et une quantité suffisamment importante d’alcool pour en soupçonner la vente sans permis”,”text”:”avait permis de constater la présence de 9personnes sur les lieux, des tables de poker et une quantité suffisamment importante d’alcool pour en soupçonner la vente sans permis”}}”>had revealed the presence of 9 people on the premises, poker tables and a sufficiently large quantity of alcohol to suspect the sale without a licensereads the Facebook post.
The investigation continued on the Internet, the SPALensured the surveillance of a website promoting tournaments and events related to the game of poker.
2022, plusieurs démarches d’enquête ont permis de démontrer l’aspect criminel relié à la tenue d’une maison de jeu et de pari ainsi que l’aspect pénal relié à la possession et la vente d’alcool sans permis”,”text”:”Depuis septembre2022, plusieurs démarches d’enquête ont permis de démontrer l’aspect criminel relié à la tenue d’une maison de jeu et de pari ainsi que l’aspect pénal relié à la possession et la vente d’alcool sans permis”}}”>Since September 2022, several investigative steps have made it possible to eliminate the criminal aspect related to the holding of a gaming and betting house as well as the criminal aspect related to the possession and sale of alcohol without a license.explains it SPAL on Facebook.
Those arrested during the search face the following charges:
- Be the owner of a gambling or betting house;
- Being in a gambling house or one that tolerates gambling;
- Illegally keeping alcoholic beverages in a business;
- Sell alcoholic beverages without a permit;
- Being in a place where drinks are sold without a permit.
The dismantling of an underground casino constitutes a police intervention
extremely rareunderlines the press relations officer of the SPAL . Without disclosing precise statistics on this subject, the head of the media affirms that
you can count on the fingers of one hand this kind of operations carried out by the SPAL .
Given this rarity, the publicist asserts that the SPAL
not really the time to develop an expertise in dismantling clandestine gambling houses.
This did not prevent all the staff involved, including the Actions concertées team to counter the underground economies (ACCES Alcool) of the SPALto carry out this operation, underlines the publicist.