HAVERSTRAW, N.Y. — Officers from the Rockland County Intelligence Center and the town rounded up 28 people Thursday night in a crackdown on an illegal lottery ring.
The joint raids were the result of a five-month joint investigation, authorities said.
Rockland County Sheriff's Department Capt. William Barbera, captain of the Intelligence Center, said about 11:30 p.m. that police had processed the suspects at the West Haverstraw Community Center, 130 Samsondale Ave., where officers had set up portable processing machines.
Police executed several search warrants across the village and seized thousands of dollars during their raid of the lottery, known to police as the "Dominican Lottery."
A specific dollar amount had not been determined Thursday night.
Many of the suspects were being charged with possession of gambling records, Barbera said. Others were likely to be held on immigration detainers. Barbera said it was likely several of the suspects would face additional charges as well.
In February 2010, officials concluded a two-year criminal probe into a similar $10 million to $12 million lottery in Spring Valley.
The ring was making money on what was called the Dominican lottery, police said.
At the time, Rockland County District Attorney Thomas Zugibe said that the investigation, named Operation Dinero De Diablo, garnered about $1 million in cash, cars and real estate to be distributed to various law enforcement agencies.
Nine were arrested during that operation, which reached across parts of Rockland and into New Jersey.
Eight high-end vehicles were seized during that operation along with $370,302, which was taken from safes in about 50 stacks of rubber-banded $100, $50 and $20 bills.
That ring operated three lottery rooms in Spring Valley and one in Hillcrest. Two others were found in Elizabeth, N.J., and East Orange, N.J.
Authorities said at the time that the crew operating in Rockland had connections to other gangs that smuggled people into the United States from Dominican Republic. Those smuggled into the country worked in the lottery rooms to repay a $15,000 smuggler's fee.
Barbera said a news conference to further discuss the breadth of Thursday's raid is scheduled for noon today at Haverstraw Town Hall.