Agents Raid Business for Operating Gambling House
The Multi-Agency Drug Enforcement Team (MADET), comprised of Ocala Police Department and Sheriff’s Office agents, raided “Internet Express Cafe” in Ocala on Thursday afternoon.
"Internet Express Cafe" business owner, James Blacketer Sr., was warned several weeks ago by MADET agents to cease operation immediately due to ongoing illegal gambling activities, according to the Marion County Sheriff's Office. Blacketer did not comply with these orders and agents obtained a search warrant.
“Internet Express Cafe”, located at 8810 SW SR 200, was earning between $1,200 and $2,600 a day by operating the gambling house. In total, 43 computer stations were confiscated from the business and one employee, Victoria Coons, was arrested, according to authorities. Agents are are also in the process of issuing a warrant for Blacketer’s arrest.
According to Florida State Statutes, any operating business allowing patrons to pay to play a game of chance is considered an illegal gambling house.
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