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Stamford Police Arrest 17 in Gambling Bust, Trumbull Man Included

An investigation into alleged gambling rings spanned two locations in Stamford.

 

Stamford Police conducted simultaneous gambling ring busts on two homes in the city that resulted in the arrests of more than 14 men allegedly gambling at the scene and three individuals operating the two rings, Capt. Brian McElligott announced Tuesday afternoon.

McElligott said, between the two locations, a variety of gambling was allegedly taking place, from card games, sports gambling and both in-state and out-of-state lottery games. Locations included games between Connecticut and New York, McElliogtt said, with an investigation ongoing into whether or not the circles expanded further than those two states. 

McElligott identified Belony Paul, 58, and Arleen Gonzalez-Orgando, 24, unknown address, as the alleged operators of one of the gambling rings based at Paul's home in the 800 block of E. Main Street.

At that location, the following parties were arrested, issued misdemeanor summonses at the scene and released on written Promises To Appear:

  • Bernard Bazile, 42, of Lawn Ave.
  • Jean Robert Desrosiers, 52, of Bedford St.
  • Jude Francois, 44, of Castle Ct.
  • Louis Gaston, 41, of Grove St.
  • Paul LaRose, 59, of Elm St.
  • Jean Paul, 51, of Seaside Ave.
  • Wooley Pierre-Louis, 55, of Willowbrook Ave.
  • Maxime Toussaint, 48, of Raymond St.

All were charged with a single count of Professional Gambling.

McElligott identified Orlando DeLarosa, 28, of the 1000 block of Falie St., as the custodial arrest of the second alleged gambling ring, located in the first block of Lafayette St.

At that location, the following parties were arrested, issued misdemeanor summonses at the scene and released on written Promises To Appear:

  • Bernard Derogene, 57, of Anderson St.
  • Fritzner Dieudonne, 60, of George St.
  • Max Innocent, 60, of Knickerbocker Ave.
  • Serge Poulard, 56, of Tresser Blvd.
  • Simon Solner, 47, of Spinning Rd. in Trumbull
  • Antoine Widny, 36, of Glenbrook Rd.

All were charged with a single count of Professional Gambling.

Paul, Orlando and DeLarosa all faces the same charges of transmission of gambling info, illegal maintenance of a gambling premises and professional gambling. Each was issued a $5,000 bond. All parties involved have a scheduled court date of December 3, 2012.

McElligott said it was currently unclear if the organizations were operating under the same umbrella or if they were competing against each other, but said an investigation is ongoing. He said the investigation began after numerous phone calls from area residents complaining of the activity in the neighborhood.

McElligott said an investigation involving extensive surveillance was a coordinated effort between the Neighborhood Impact Unit, Patrol, Narcotics & Organized Crime and K-9 Units of the Stamford Police Department.

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