Posted on: Jan 26, 2021, 4:53 am.
Last update on: January 26, 2021, 5:11 am.
According to news reports, New Jersey authorities arrested three Newarkers last weekend on charges of illegal gambling and alcohol sales.
A television station shows a picture of a suspect in an illegal gambling operation in New Jersey. Victor Pereira, seen here, and two others were booked after a raid in Newark. (Image: News 12 Bronx)
Victor Pereira (61), José DaSilva (53) and Byron Barraza (31) were seen in the Portuguese soccer boy on Wilson Ave. in New York on Saturday, according to WNBC-TV. 215 taken into custody in Newark.
Pereira and DaSilva are accused of running an illegal alcohol factory, owning alcohol, selling alcohol illegally and owning playground equipment, the broadcaster reported. Barraza is facing aid.
At around 10 p.m. on Saturday, detectives saw Barraza open a gate at the club for customers walking in and out. The detectives went in and, according to WNBC-TV, saw about 50 people “drinking alcohol, playing cards and using slot machines”.
Pereira stood behind a well-stocked bar serving drinks. The bar had various spirits, wines and beers available. DaSilva, identified as a manager, was unable to provide the documentation required to sell alcohol, the news channel reported.
Police confiscated US $ 6,829 illegal alcohol sales and 403 bottles of beer, wine and liquor. Authorities also withdrew cash from the slot machines, according to WNBC-TV.
The Newark Police Division‘The Environment, Graffiti and Vice-Crime Task Force made the arrests, according to Anthony F. Ambrose, director of public safety for Newark.
Saturday’s bust was at least the second in about a month that there were alleged illegal gambling and alcohol sales in Newark.
In late December, Newark Police, who worked with the Vice Task Force, raided a party in a warehouse on Libella Court, according to newspaper website nj.com.
In this bust, the police discovered 200 people in the warehouse. The night owls ate, drank alcohol and participated in illegal gambling, Ambrose said in a statement.
As COVID-19 cases rose, Governor Phil Murphy (D) set a limit of 10 people for indoor gatherings.
In the warehouse, the police saw two women selling alcohol behind a makeshift bar. According to nj.com, neither has been able to produce any documentation showing that they are licensed to sell alcohol.
Police arrested Denisse Tinizaray, 26, and Katherine Tinizaray, 28, from Newark. They were booked on suspicion of running an illegal liquor factory, possession and sale of alcohol, the newspaper website reported.
Mafioso in court
Allegations of illegal gambling have surfaced in other recent incidents in the region.
In Philadelphia late last year, 15 suspected gangsters and employees were arrested on suspicion of illegal gambling and other crimes.
Among the defendants are Joseph “Joey Electric” Servidio, 60, Anthony “Tony Meatballs” Gifoli, 73, and Louis “Louie Sheep” Barretta, 56.
According to Dave Schratwieser, Philadelphia mafia expert, prosecutors have asked the judge to postpone the trial. Coronavirus restrictions restrict public gatherings and could affect jury availability and selection, prosecutors said.
A trial date was not set.
On the global stage, more than 350 accused Mafioso are on trial in Italy for various criminal charges. These defendants are alleged members of the ‘Ndrangheta. This organized crime group in Calabria has been accused of murder, drug trafficking, illegal gambling and more.