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Authorities search Glendale cafe in gambling probe

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GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) - Authorities say a search of a Glendale business has turned up evidence of illegal gambling.

The Arizona Department of Gaming announced Monday that authorities have seized more than 40 gambling devices, computers, a vehicle and $940,000 from the Jackpot Cafe.

ADG's Jelena Momich said the investigation began earlier this year when they received a complaint of an internet cafe and amusement center that might be hosting illegal gambling activities. Glendale police received similar complaints and a joint undercover investigation was launched.

"ADG agents confirmed Jackpot Café customers were doing more than Internet surfing and coffee sipping -- they were playing slot machine type games to win cash," Momich said in a statement.

Authorities say patrons have been playing slot machine games to win cash and that the business ignored an order Friday to cease operations for licensing violations.

"The flashing lights and sirens went off at the Jackpot Café on Friday, but there were no winners," said Mark Brnovich, Director of the Arizona Department of Gaming. "Illicit gambling operations and the public hazards they entail will not be tolerated in our communities."

A call to the business located near 65th Avenue and Bethany Home Road that has an Internet cafe and amusement center did not go through Monday.

No one has been arrested or charged in the investigation, though two patrons were taken into custody on charges unrelated to the gambling probe.  Their names were not released.

To report suspected illegal gambling, contact ADG at (602) 255-3888.

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