Miami (May 2, 2014) A lengthy joint investigation involving the Miami Dade Police Department, the Opa-Locka Police Department, the State of Florida`s Division of Alcoholic Beverages and Tobacco Law Enforcement Bureau, the Drug Enforcement Administration and the Miami-Dade State Attorney`s Office led to the arrest 15 individuals at the Our Place Lounge, a full liquor bar located at 6844 NW 169th Street (in unincorporated Miami-Dade County). The 4 ½ month long investigation, involving 24 cited undercover incidents at the bar, started after police received numerous complaints regarding illegal narcotics sales and organized gambling at the establishment. Seized during this law enforcement action were: $13,200 in cash, 2 handguns, 45 grams of Cocaine, 5 grams of Marijuana, and 7 grams of Mollys (MDMA).
According to the arrest warrant Tracey Leanne Gelb, the bar`s owner, uses the premises to facilitate an illegal gambling enterprise, which employs at least three individuals serving alcohol to the patrons of the gambling enterprise, (and employs) at least three individuals directly controlling the gaming. Gelb also allows at least six individuals to serve narcotics to the patrons of the gambling enterprise. The individuals responsible for tending bar also act as conduit to the narcotics dealers whom are allowed to operate within the premises and as accessories to the dealing of stolen property. Charged along with Gelb are: Adrian Steven Valladares; Marcos Fortich, Alberto Jimenez (presently at large), Elmer Jimenez, Antonio C. Alvarez (presently at large), Anthony Mintonio Love (presently at large), and David Gamboa. The State of Florida`s Division of Alcoholic Beverages and Tobacco Law Enforcement Bureau seized the bar`s liquor license, immediately shutting down the bar, pending forfeiture proceedings.
The broad range of charges that are being filed include:
Racketeering and Conspiracy to Racketeer, Gambling, Dealing In Stolen Property, Narcotics Distribution And Possession Of Untaxed Liquor against Tracey Leanne Gelb ($255, 000 bond).
Sale of Narcotics against David Gamboa ($162,000 bond), Adrian Steven Valladares ($50,000 bond), Marcos Fortich ($115,000 bond), Alberto Jimenez ($50,000 bond), Elmer Jimenez ($80,000 bond), Antonio C. Alvarez ($15,000 bond) and Anthony Mintonio Love ($7,500 bond)
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