Illegal Gambling Operation Uncovered at Joe’s Discount Store in Hanford

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After a month long investigation Hanford Police uncovered an illegal gambling operation at Joe’s Discount Store.

On November 29, Hanford Police and investigators with the Kings County District Attorney’s Office served a search warrant to the business located on 747 W Grangeville Blvd. 

Hanford police say they received numerous complaints regarding the businesses and the crime they bring to area; they say that business has been linked to drugs and property crimes. 

Police also say the store had money stolen from an employee that went unreported due to the illegal activity taking place.

During an undercover operation of the store they were able to confirm the games in the store were being used for gambling. The business did not have a city business license to operate. 

Hanford police seized two electronic “fish hunter” games from the business and over $3,000 in cash.

Police tell us the points/credits players earned during the game would be cashed out with the business for money. 

In a release Hanford police stated “That’s the difference between these games and typical video games: They involve chance. There’s no knowing whether you’ll score points or not on any given hit. Each press of the button, or fire, is a $0.05 to $3.00 bet. The chance aspect and the fact you can make money from them are what make them illegal”.

The Kings County District Attorney’s Office is investigating the crime.

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