Four people in Washington state were arrested by Washington State Gambling Commission officials for running an illegal soccer betting ring.
The ring was operating out of Wenatchee and taking in hundreds of wagers per week on Mexican matches. Officials were tipped off after complaints that gambling was taking place at various businesses. Conducting raids on at least five sites, police took two vehicles and $65,000 in cash into custody. Additionally, roughly $128,000 sitting in bank accounts was frozen.
Three men, aged 43, 49, and 52 were arrested, and a 53-year-old woman was arrested on a gambling charge. The trio of men have been charged with second-degree professional gambling, leading organized crime, and criminal profiteering. Washington has strict gambling laws in place in order to ensure that only licensed operators offer wagers to customers. Sportsbetting as a whole is illegal in Washington, although that may change if the Supreme Court overturns the sportsbetting ban on state levels.
No comment from authorities or the parties involved was available as of press time.