Miami Police Raid Gaming Machines, Escalating Exposito-Regalado Feud

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Is Miguel Exposito thumbing his nose at the mayor?
Miami Police arrested eight business owners and confiscated 32 gaming machines this afternoon in an operation that seems certain to escalate the ugly feud between Chief Miguel Exposito and Mayor Tomás Regalado.

In January, the embattled chief accused the mayor of interfering with a similar sting days after Regalado had helped pass an ordinance trying to legalize the games.

The latest operation went down earlier this afternoon and targeted shops in Little Havana and Hialeah. Eight business owners were booked for operating illegal gambling machines, according to arrest reports released by the police department.

The officer's narrative in the arrest of Jose Marrero, the 73-year-old owner of a shop at SW 27th Avenue and West Flagler, is typical:

"A total of two chance gaming machines [were operating] in plain view," an officer writes. "No skills were used... to control the outcome of the game, making the operation a game of chance."

The sting comes months into a feud between Regalado and Exposito, who's been pressured by black community leaders to resign over his officers' fatal shootings of seven men since last summer.

In January, Exposito complained to the FBI that the mayor had tried to stop a similar raid in October. Former City Manager Carlos Migoya said Regalado mentioned that such raids would look bad shortly before an election and asked that they be postponed.

Gaming machines have long been seized under a Florida law against "games of chance," but just 11 days before Exposito's last raid, Regalado helped pass new regulations that seemed to allow the games if shop owners paid fees for them.

It's hard to see today's operation as anything less than the police chief flipping off the mayor on an issue both have already fought over.

In addition to Marrero, police also arrested 37-year-old Intesar Ismail, 55-year-old Abas Hamad, 34-year-old Yure Medina-Santana, 28-year-old Luis Arazazu, and 58-year-old Abdel Majid. (Police announced eight arrests overall -- the other two defendants' names have not been released yet.)

Riptide called Exposito and Regalado for comments, but both had already left the office for the day. Expect more fireworks tomorrow.

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Miamimama
Miamimama

Miami, Nov 5th it's time to end this. Time to put someone Miami is deserving of..

It's time to put an end to the Regalado "Mafia" end corruption, read all about it here.. do it, if not for yourself, your family. 

Below are links and stories of proof, all that he's been done under his administration 

Vote for Tomás Regalado is a Vote for:
Ø CUT IN JOBS
Ø UNEMPLOYMENT
Ø LAUNDERING DRUG MONEY
Ø GIVING HIGH SALARY JOBS TO HIS FINANCIERS
Ø VIOLATING YOUR PRIVACY WITH CAMERAS
Ø MURDERS OF BLACK CIVILIANS AND NO ONE HELD ACCOUNTABLE
Ø FIRING OPPONENTS WHO QUESTIONS HIS ADMINISTRATION
Ø FRIENDS GETTING DEALS AFTER DONATING TO HIS CAMPAIGN AS WELL AS HIS DAUGHTER'S
Ø PASSING A LAW TO MAKE ILLEGAL GAMBLING MACHINES LEGAL
Ø THE STADIUM FIASCO PROJECT VS THE HARBOR PROJECT
Ø LYING ABOUT HIS ASSETS
Ø VIOLATING HIS OWN “HIRING FREEZE” BY EMPLOYING FRIENDS AND DOUBLED THEIR SALARIES
Ø ILLEGAL BILLBOARDS

http://politicsinmiami.blogspot.com/?spref=fb


Gifted
Gifted

A machine you put a quarter in is the scourge of our city? Seriously?

P_Nis
P_Nis

This is fucking retarded. Anyone who has ever been around those machines knows that they are NOT USED FOR AMUSEMENT PURPOSES ONLY! This is pure hypocrisy on the part of the mayor and his administration. Those machines are a scourge on our city and need to be removed once and for all.

I can't stand Expo or his elastic uniform but I have to take my hat off to him for standing his ground against Regalado and the mob that controls these gaming machines.

nevernot
nevernot

Let's hope they had a competent expert there during the raids to identify them as games of chance. So far every single arrest and confiscation has been overturned in court and there are allegations by shop owners of police emptying the money from the machines. If they had an expert there to determine if they were actually games of chance rather than skill they might actually get a successful prosecution.

Gmarkham87
Gmarkham87

I 'liked' your comment only because all arrests were eventually overturned.

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