York Police recently raided a Super Bowl party underway in a banquet hall in Markham, Ont., on Sunday during an ongoing investigation of illegal online gambling. The police found several suspects in connection with online-gambling and arrested more than a few guests from the party. Sources in police confirmed that the raid targeted numerous high-ranking members of organized crime groups.
Police broke in the Le Parc Banquet Hall soon after the second quarter, while it had almost 2,000 guests. The video coverage from the party shows several people being escorted in handcuffs from the scene. York police explained that the raid was conducted by a joint police task force that was working in a two-year investigation, and targeted an enterprise that handled millions of dollars in bets. Const. Blair McQuillan mentioned that “I can say that it is a significant bust and there are going to be significant arrests because of this.”
The party was hosted by a sport betting website, Platinum SB, as an invitation only event. An invitation posted to Twitter stated that the party will be featuring an open bar, dinner and door prizes. The hosting website has been blocked as of Sunday night, where an RCMP post on the website states “restrained by a court order.” The witnesses from the party claim that they didn’t see any illegal gambling during the event. One witness mentioned that “we just saw a bunch of cops looking like they were looking for something,” and “they just stopped the party and then there was total chaos.”
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