On June 20, deputies from the Highland Police Station serving a search warrant at a vacant business in a strip mall at the corner of Ninth Street and Sterling Avenue busted an illegal gambling business.
According to a San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department press release, there were several subjects going in and out of the business, and, through investigation, the business was determined to be a platform for illegal gambling. Deputies entered the illegal establishment and found several subjects inside on computers playing Vegas-style slot machine games. The subjects stated they have won and lost currency by gambling on those machines.
The person in charge of the business was identified as Augie Villaneda. Villaneda would not provide deputies with information who had hired him to run the business. Deputies recovered 18 computers used for illegal gambling and a large amount of U.S. currency.
Villaneda was booked into the Central Detention Center for PC 330 and PC 330.4.