Deputies bust gambling ring in Altamonte Springs

Suspects charged after two raids, deputies say

ALTAMONTE SPRINGS, Fla. - Altamonte Springs Police arrested two men on Tuesday who they say organized a "large-scale" illegal gambling ring involving thousands of dollars moving through two locations.

Cops arrested Andrew Poirier, 21, and Roberto Torres, 44, on multiple charges of establishing a place of gambling.

After an anonymous CrimeLine tip led to a two-month investigation, officers executed search warrants on Mar. 22 at 803 Borde Del Carmino Drive and 674 Sandy Neck Lane Unit #104, the two main locations where the gambling took place.

Police say that poker buy-ins ranged from $100 to $1500. The raided sites included multiple tables, dealers and waitresses serving alcohol without a liquor license. One location had a surveillance camera set up outside with a view of the street.

"We aren't out to get the average poker player playing with his friends on the weekends," said Rob Pelton of Altamonte Springs police. "This was clearly operating as a business they were out to make money."

Poirier and Torres were booked into Seminole County Jail. Torres was also charged with possession of drug equipment and possession of marijuana with intent to sell.

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