SWAT operatives discovered an illegal gambling operation in Koreatown, Los Angeles during a raid around 4:30 p.m. on Friday.
According to LA police, the activity was busted after SWAT acted on a search warrant served to a building located in the 200 block of N. Vermont Avenue. The site was formerly the Joomaum Church, ABC7 reports.
LAPD issued a search warrant for the building over reports that it was being used for illegal gambling activity. A SWAT team was called to the scene after the police found gambling machines, narcotics, and money.
Los Angeles police spokeswoman Rosario Cervantes told the LA Times that officers launched a surveillance operation Friday afternoon before the arrests. Those not arrested were detained, questioned and released immediately.
Initial reports alleged that the church was being used as a front for illegal activities but there has been no official word from the authorities that would implicate the organization to the crimes so far.
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