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Interagency agreement played crucial role in CPD raid

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Eight internet cafes, 50 officers, one simultaneous shutdown

By Suzette Cook/Reporter

Chiefland City Commissioners joked during the Nov. 12 meeting that Chiefland Police Chief Scott Anderson timed the raid of eight local internet cafés to happen as the date of his annual review approaches. But Chief Anderson was quick to explain that the Nov. 3 bust was carried out as soon as his fiscal year reset and funding was available.

“It had to do with manpower and search warrants,” Anderson said. “It was based on the issuance of search warrants from the State Attorney’s Office and the allocation of manpower from several law enforcement agencies.”

At the State Attorney’s request, Anderson gathered evidence two weeks prior to the raid of the internet cafes The Fish Treasures, Blumas, Tropical Treasures, Chiefland Arcade, Hady Days Arcade, Cyber Center, Patriot Social Club, and Blue Lagoon.

“We had officers go into all of the casinos and gamble,” Anderson said. “And they were paying out cash money which they can’t do, it’s against the law. We did all that on video for court documentation.”


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