CHARLOTTE COUNTY, Fla - The Narcotics Unit of the Charlotte County Sheriff’s raided a gambling operation in School House Square Monday in Charlotte Harbor.
Arrested were Josue Joel Molina and Gustavo Ernesto Ortiz-Moran, both of Cape Coral.
Detectives went to The MAX Video Arcade on Kings Highway in May and purchased a plastic playing card for $20. After playing the slots, the detective had $5 left on the gambling card and made $1 in profit.
On June 4, another detective went to The MAX and made contact with the owner Molina and issued him a written warning informing him he was violating the law which Molina denied. A check with the Florida Division of Para-Mutual Wager in the Department of Business and Professional Regulations found no such permit has been issued in Charlotte County.
Detectives of went back again on July 9 and with the original playing card with $5 credit from the May investigation, played the slot machines and cashed out with $43.60. The detective received cash from an attendant who was asked about giving him cash, and the attendant said they always give back cash pay outs.
Monday, July 12, detectives returned and conducted another investigation. They made contact with Molina and Ortiz-Moran; both were arrested and transported to the Charlotte County Jail. Molina is charged with felony Keeping a Gambling House. Ortiz-Moran was charged with a felony as Agent of a Keeper of a Gambling House. Both posted $2,500 bond and were released.