Four people have been arrested and charged in connection with an alleged illegal gambling den operating in San Francisco’s Excelsior District.
Kenneth Gurriere, 56, Richard Mohler, 34, Malcolm Brian Vasquez, 49 and Marjorie Delacruz, 49, pleaded not guilty Monday in San Francisco Superior Court to charges including felony conspiracy for possessing and operating illegal gambling devices as well as two misdemeanor counts of possessing and operating slot machines in connection with an Oct. 17 raid, according to the District Attorney’s Office.
Vasquez and Delacruz were also charged with an additional count of felony conspiracy and two additional misdemeanor counts of possessing and operating slot machines for a Nov. 29, 2016 incident.
The four were arrested after the raid at Jhec of All Trades, an alleged gambling den at 4182 B Mission St.
The arrests came after an undercover officer who entered the facility this month saw the four suspects operating the gambling facility over the course of two days.
During the raid, police seized three machines that played video slot machine games and 15 computers also used to play slot machine-type games. Vasquez was found with keys to the facility and more than $6,400 cash was seized.
The raid in 2016 also yielded nine suspected gaming devices. Vasquez and Delacruz were arrested in that raid, and Vasquez was found with keys to the devices and more than $3,000 in cash, but charges were not filed until now.
Jhec of All Trades is thought to be one of many illegal gambling dens operating in The City. Earlier this month police reported an armed holdup robbery at an alleged gambling house in the nearby 5300 block of Mission Street.
“There’s been an increase in these types of operations and our Crime Strategies Unit is responding by working collaboratively with police and other agencies to ensure these operators are held accountable,” District Attorney George Gascon said in a statement. “Successfully stopping this type of activity requires strategic interventions that come with consequences.”
“Gambling shacks have been terrorizing our neighborhoods for years,” District 11 Supervisor Ahsha Safai said. “The District Attorney’s Office, City Attorney, and the Police Department have all stepped up, and we all will not rest until the last shack is closed!”