In response to community complaints, the Santa Ana Police Department served a search warrant this morning at the Fantasy Royal Gift shop located at 413 West 17th Street. This establishment had been at the center of a wide range of community complaints of illegal gambling and narcotics activity. Police Officers have made several arrests in and around the location pursuant to these ongoing community complaints.
Inside of the business, detectives found a fully operational gambling establishment. Pursuant to the search warrant, the detectives seized 5 gaming machines, which accommodated at least 33 gambling stations. 5 individuals were detained at the establishment. Approximately $1,600.00 in cash, a DVR, computers, a money counter, and miscellaneous paperwork indicative of an illegal gambling establishment were seized as evidence. Three of the 5 individuals detained 3 were arrested for gambling and warrants.
The Santa Ana Code Enforcement Unit responded to the location and “Red Tagged” the building, deeming it unsafe for occupancy.
The Santa Ana Police Department will continue to work diligently to address illegal cyber cafes/casinos throughout the City, which continue to negatively impact the safety and quality of life for residents, businesses and community members.
Anyone with information regarding possible illegal gambling establishments, please contact the Santa Ana Police Vice Unit at (714) 245-8502 or Santa Ana Code Enforcement at (714) 667-2780.