Raid on alleged illegal gambling operation in Long Beach nets eight arrests

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Courtesy Long Beach Police Department
Pictured is the storefront the LBPD said an illegal gambling establishment operated out of. On Oct. 8, 2019, officers raided the establishment and arrested eight suspects.

Eight suspects were arrested Tuesday when police raided an alleged illegal gambling establishment being run out of a commercial property in Long Beach.

Detectives along with SWAT and K-9 officers served a search warrant at the property in the 2500 block of East Anaheim Street and confiscated two firearms, illegal gaming equipment and about $1,200 in cash, according to the Long Beach Police Department.

“Detectives were first made aware of this location in late August when they began receiving numerous complaints of suspicious activity from residents in the area,” according to a police statement.

“Around that same time, gang detectives began investigating an assault with a deadly weapon that occurred on Aug. 27, 2019, where a male adult victim was stabbed in the same area. Detectives believe the stabbing is related to this illegal gambling establishment, however, no motive or suspect information is known at this time.”

The following suspects were taken into custody:

• Savantha Phon, 32, of Long Beach, who was booked on suspicion of
resisting arrest and an outstanding warrant and was being held in lieu of
$40,000 bail;

• Israel Solorio, 25, of Long Beach, who was booked on an outstanding
warrant and was being held in lieu of $50,000 bail;

• Laudy Mom, 36, of Lakewood, who was booked on an outstanding warrant
and was being held without bail;

• Raymond Spruell, 29, of Long Beach, who was booked on multiple
outstanding warrants and was being held in lieu of $2,025 bail;

• Donquay Buffin, 27, of Long Beach, who was booked on an outstanding
warrant and was being held in lieu of $1,000 bail;

• Dontaye Harris, 28, of Long Beach, who was booked on an outstanding
warrant and was released on $250 bond;

• Darren Moore, 32, of Long Beach, who was booked for an outstanding
warrant and was being held in lieu of $1,000 bail; and

• Brandon Arnold, 32, of Gardena, who was booked for a parole
violation and was being held without bail.

“Earlier this year, homicide detectives investigated a murder that occurred at an illegal gambling establishment in the 1500 block of West Pacific
Coast Highway, and while the department does not believe these establishments to be connected, we will continue to take a proactive approach to target illegal gambling activity in the city, which can often lead to other violent crimes,” police said. “We urge residents to continue reporting any suspicious activity, and with your partnership, we will take appropriate enforcement action when necessary.”