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‘OPERATION HIDDEN BET’ PAYS OFF FOR LAW ENFORCEMENT

BSO Case Number: BS11-06-03649
Date: May 7, 2012
Time: n/a
Place of Occurrence: Santiago’s Meat Market, 5730 Hallandale Beach Blvd., West Park La Guajaca Multiservice Center, 2713 S.W. 64th Ave., Miramar
Jurisdiction: Broward County

Victim(s):

  • state of Florida

Suspect(s):

  • Ramon Contreras Rodriguez, male, 43, 4/10/69, 7902 Pembroke Road, Miramar (IN CUSTODY)
  • Carlos Augusto Pena, male, 9/7/70, 41, 6116 S.W. 20th Ct., Miramar (IN CUSTODY)

Description of Incident:

In the back of a tiny West Park market, past the produce and the refrigerated drinks, store employees ran a brisk illegal gambling business. The Broward County Money Laundering Task Force shut it down Monday morning, along with a second gambling operation in Miramar. Two men were arrested, and detectives are looking for a third.

The investigation dubbed “Operation Hidden Bet” began about six months ago when the task force received a complaint from a member of the public about illegal gambling. The two men arrested, 43-year-old Ramon Contreras Rodriguez and 41-year-old Carlos Augusto Pena, both of Miramar, were charged with keeping a gambling house and book making, both third-degree felonies.

The men ran Santiago Meat Market and La Guajaca Multiservice Center, where customers would place bets on professional sporting events. People wishing to illegally place bets were led to back rooms where they were given the odds on various games and paid their money. On busy days, the two businesses would take in more than $25,000 a day. Contreras Rodriguez was arrested at the Santiago Meat Market, and Pena was arrested at his Miramar home.

 

INVESTIGATORS:
THIS REPORT BY: Sgt. D. Fitzpatrick, SID Dani Moschella/PIO Broward County Money Laundering Task Force 5/7/12 1645

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