The Rhode Island State Police announced the arrest of 17 men on a organized criminal gambling sweep after serving two warrants Tuesday morning in Narragansett and Warwick.

The arrests are the result of an eight month investigation lead by members of the State Police Intelligence Unit and the Office of the Rhode Island Attorney General and the execution of arrest warrants and search warrants this morning by the State Police, Federal Bureau of Investigation, United States Marshals Service, Bureau of Alcohol Tobacco and Firearms, Providence Police, Warwick Police, Cranston Police, Scituate Police, North Providence Police, Narragansett Police, East Providence Police, West Warwick Police, Johnson Police, Lincoln Police, Central Falls Police, East Greenwich Police, Woonsocket Police and Newport Police.

The charges include bookmaking, organized criminal gambling, conspiracy and some drug counts (possession and intent to deliver).

A person convicted of Organized Criminal Gambling may be imprisoned for not more than five years and fined not more than $10,000.

A person convicted of Bookmaking may be punished by a fine not exceeding $500 or imprisonment not exceeding one year, and upon a second conviction of a violation of this section shall be imprisoned for a period not less than one nor more than five years.

A person convicted of possession with intent to deliver one kilogram to five kilograms of marijuana may be imprisoned for a term up to 50 years and fined not more than five hundred thousand dollars $500,000.

In the meantime if you’d like to gamble, please head to any convenience store, gas station, or liquor store in the state. Lots of bars have Keno as well. Oh yea, we also have two casinos. And of course you could just go on the internet.

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