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Five arrested in illegal gambling operation on Big Island

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HILO, BIG ISLAND (HawaiiNewsNow) -

Hawaii Island police have arrested two men and three women in connection with an illegal gambling operation in Hilo.

On Friday, July 26, officers served a search warrant at Hilo Arcade on Kinoʻole Street. There they recovered eight gambling devices, including slot machines and computers used for gambling, as well as $1,447 in cash for forfeiture.

Two women employees, 19-year-old Morgan Kamalei Kim of Hilo and 23-year-old Nicole Enos of Hilo, were arrested at the scene on suspicion of promoting gambling, possession gambling devices and possessing gambling records.

The business owners were not present but were identified as 27-year-old Cody Gilbert Yomes of Keaʻau and 25-year-old Anthony Nakoa Areal of Keaʻau. Areal was arrested Monday morning on July 29 and Yomes was arrested Tuesday morning on July 30. Another employee, 19-year-old Ruana Garcia of Hilo was arrested Tuesday afternoon.

All five were released pending further investigation.

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