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BSO SIDELINES COACHES IN ‘OPERATION DIRTY PLAY’


Broward Sheriff’s Office detectives have arrested nine people after a lengthy operation into illegal gambling on professional and collegiate sports, as well as youth football games in Broward County. The Lauderhill and Fort Lauderdale police departments, the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office and the United States Marshals Service assisted with the arrests that capped the 18-month investigation dubbed “Operation Dirty Play.”

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The investigation revealed that some coaches routinely set point spreads prior to each game. Deputies and officers also conducted search warrants Monday at two businesses that served as gambling houses. Detectives say illegal bets were routinely made at Showtime Sports and Apparel, 3685 N.W. 19th St., Lauderdale Lakes, and Red Carpet Kutz Barbershop, 1835 N.W. 38th Ave., Lauderhill. Gamblers would place bets on mostly professional and collegiate games at those locations, but detectives discovered many bets were placed on youth football games.

Of the nine people involved, all have direct ties to the youth football, and six have extensive criminal histories. They were charged with felony bookmaking, and some were charged with keeping a gambling house. They are:
  • Brandon Bivins, 3/19/76, coach/president of the Ft. Lauderdale Hurricanes
  • Darron Lashawn Bostic, 1/16/83, coach of the Deerfield Beach Packer-Rattlers
  • Darren Jerome Brown, 8/17/71, coach/affiliate of the Ft. Lauderdale Hurricanes
  • Brandon Marlon Lewis, 8/4/87, affiliate of the Ft. Lauderdale Hurricanes
  • Brad Donte Parker, 7/17/75, affiliate of the Ft. Lauderdale Hurricanes
  • La Taurus Tarmayne Fort, 10/12/77, coach of the Northwest Broward Raiders
  • Dave Constantine Small, 11/25/70, coach of the Lauderhill Lions
  • Willie Tindal, 2/13/76, coach of the Northwest Broward Raiders
  • Vincent Gernard Gray, 8/26/70, coach of the Ft. Lauderdale Hurricanes


Anyone with information about youth football gambling in Broward County can report information to BSO’s Organized Crime Unit’s Youth Football Hotline at (954) 888-5259.

Media note: Mug shots for the nine suspects are attached to this news release.  The warrants are lengthy but all have similar wording, so one is attached to this news release. Contact BSO's media relations office if you need other documents.

INVESTIGATORS:

Sgt. D. Fitzpatrick, Lt. Ballante, SID

Fort Lauderdale PD, Lauderhill PD 10/30/12 1050

THIS REPORT BY:
Dani Moschella/PIO
 

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