Phoenix's Leading Local News: Weather, Traffic, Sports and more | Phoenix, Arizona | 12NEWS.com

2 Northwest Valley internet cafes busted for illegal gambling

Authorities searched two internet cafes located in strip malls in Peoria and Sun City West.
Credit: ADG

The Arizona Department of Gambling shut down an illegal gambling syndicate  in the Northwest Valley, authorities announced Friday. 

Investigators allege the business, AZ Internet Cafe, provided patrons access to illegal gambling devices and allowed them to create and use online accounts to bet on unlawful internet sweepstakes video games. 

ADG, with the help of Surprise and Peoria police departments, searched two AZ Internet Cafe locations at 13930 W Camino Del Sol #117 in Sun City West and 9635 W Peoria Avenue #104 in Peoria.  

ADG agents seized two Dragon video game tables, 24 computers and about $5,500 in cash. 

RELATED: Arizona agents seize $1 million after busting illegal gambling operations

Agents interviewed three people involved in the gambling operations. Those individuals were later released pending charges. 

“While it’s important that owners and operators of illegal gambling activities be held accountable, each of us plays a part in ensuring that gaming in Arizona is conducted in a socially responsible manner,” said Ted Vogt, ADG Director.  

RELATED: Why Arizona sports gambling won't be legal for a while

Dozens of illegal gambling businesses have been shut down in recent years. Authorities say these operations are often located near residential neighborhoods and attract other illegal activity. 

If you have information about suspected illegal gambling anywhere in Arizona, please contact ADG at (602) 771-4263.