Thursday, March 3, 2011

Update on the Oaks Card Club: 15 Indicted on Charges of Drug Dealing, Loan Sharking, and Racketeering

By Rachel Swan
Thu, Mar 3, 2011 at 5:08 PM

Yesterday we reported about a little trouble in paradise — specifically, the temperate and healthful environs of Emeryville, California, where the Oaks Card Club was raided by officers from the DEA, IRS, and California Department of Justice. Today KTVU reports that the feds successfully busted a crime ring that also involved patrons at Artichoke Joe's Casino in San Bruno. In all, 15 were indicted, most of them not employees of either casino, but rather loan sharks and drug dealers who spent several days a week hanging out in the gaming sections. According to the indictment, many of the defendants would loan customers money at extortionate interest rates, while others sold ecstasy and methamphetamine. The report also alleges that some casino staff served as accessories, even if they didn't commandeer the operation.

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