Wichita police have arrested nearly a dozen people as part of an investigation into illegal gambling.
The 11 arrests were made over the past three weeks as part of an ongoing gambling investigation by the Wichita Police Department’s vice crimes unit, Officer Charley Davidson said Thursday in a news release. He said WPD was responding to multiple citizen complaints and took “proactive enforcement operations at local locations that were allowing gambling on the premises.”
In addition to the arrests, police also seized guns, money and gaming machines.
These are the arrests connected to the investigation:
Arlando Trotter, 49, of Wichita, on five counts of commercial gambling and 172 counts of possession of gambling devices.
William Borboa, 55, of Wichita, on possession of a firearm by a felon, commercial gambling.
James Bradford, 42, of Wichita, on commercial gambling.
Valerie Henry, 52, of Wichita, on commercial gambling.
Theraesa Ponds, 44, of Wichita, on permit gambling, possession of marijuana.
Antoine White, 33, of Wichita, on commercial gambling.
Virgil Vaughn, 59, of Wichita, on commercial gambling, traffic charges.
Volonda Trotter, 56, of Wichita, on two counts of commercial gambling.
Kenneth Porter, 45, of Wichita, on two counts of commercial gambling, possession of marijuana.
Lewis Iverson, 49, of Wichita, on two counts of commercial gambling.
Artis Washington, 61, on two counts of commercial gambling.
Arlando Trotter, the illegal gambling suspect with 177 booking charges, has been to Sedgwick County District Court before.
Court records show he has been charged with permitting a public nuisance at Club Mystique and 316 Peoples’ Association at 7007 E. Harry. He is also charged with multiple liquor license violations and operating an open saloon. That case is pending in court. The unlicensed, after-hours club has also had a violent crime problem, including a homicide, city officials have alleged.
“The business at 7007 E. Harry is a danger to the community due to the ongoing violent and criminal activity occurring at the location,” according to court filings from the city.
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