Jacksonville, FL - Five people have been arrested in another round of raids on alleged internet cafes.
The Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office raided two locations, one on Blanding and one on Normandy, arresting five people who worked at those locations. Sheriff John Rutherford would not comment on what capacity those arrested served in the stores, but says they had knowledge of the workings of the business.
This is the third batch of raids that’s taken place in Jacksonville dating back to the statewide operation which resulted in 57 arrests and the dismantling of Allied Veterans of the World.
Statewide Prosecutor Nick Cox says Jacksonville continues to be a “hub” for this industry, in part because lawyers in Jacksonville are willing to try to legally justify the operation of these locations, arguing that elements of chance which constitute gambling have been removed. He says the work of JSO is dealing a big blow to those efforts.
Rutherford says they continue to conduct undercover operations at other locations around the city and there will be more arrests. He warns anyone affiliated with these businesses- even the property owners- that there will be consequences if they continue to operate outside of the law.