FDLE Raids Three Internet Cafes Across North Central Florida
Published April 4th, 2014
OCALA, Fla. -- The doors are now locked at three separate Internet cafes across North Central Florida after agents from the Florida Department of Law Enforcement served search warrants at two cafes in Marion County and another in Columbia County on Thursday.
FDLE agents were targeting various Internet cafes owned by two men from Lake Mary and Neptune Beach.
As part of their crackdown, agents from the Illegal Gaming Task Force raided two cafes called the "Senior Cafe" in Ocala and Belleview, as well as one called "Pete's Retreat" in Lake City.
They also shut down 25 other Internet cafes across six different counties in Florida, all of which were owned by the same two men.
"When I learned that there were more of these that were open, I was in shock," said statewide prosecutor Nick Cox during a press conference.
"I just hope it's clear to everybody, that if they're open, we're coming," said Cox.
Marion County Sheriff's deputies assisted with the raids and say a total of $24,000 was collected from the two cafes -- none of that money will be given back to customers.
Officials say charges will likely be filed against the owners of the cafes once the evidence is reviewed.
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