Three arrested in gambling raid


Two men and a woman were arrested Tuesday morning in a gambling raid in Hilo.

At approximately 9:45 a.m., officers executed a search warrant at Pay Day Loans/Internet Café at 133 Makaala Street in the Kanoelehua Industrial Area.

Officers seized 15 suspected gambling devices, suspected gambling records and an undisclosed sum of cash.

Arrested were 40-year-old Serena Valenzuela of Pahoa, 26-year-old Davin Maballo of Honolulu and 60-year-old Samuel Maballo of Keaau, all on suspicion of promoting gambling. They were later released pending further investigation.

This is the second time this year Valenzuela was arrested for allegedly promoting gambling. In July, she was arrested at Da Little Game Shack in Hilo when officers raided three establishments suspected of promoting gambling.

The search warrant was the result of an ongoing investigation using undercover officers and tips from the public, which helped corroborate suspected gambling activities at that location.

 

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