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Gambling ring discovered in the unincorporated area of Helendale

Authorities seized several computers used for illegal gambling

HELENDALE, Calif. ( Elias Waw, 39, a resident of Victorville is accused of operating an illegal gambling ring in Helendale, officials said.

Officials say they seized several computers with illegal gambling games from his business on Tuesday, August 15th.

At about 3:00 p.m., detectives and deputies from the Victor Valley Sheriff’s Station served a search warrant in the 26000 block of National Trails Highway in Helendale.

“Investigators contacted a female employee at the business, however, the owner, Elias Waw, was not at the location,” stated a sheriff’s news release.

Authorities said several computers inside the business were being used for illegal gambling and displayed several Las Vegas type gambling games which customers had access to.

“No arrests have been made at this time and the investigation is ongoing,” stated the release.

Anyone with information regarding this crime is urged to contact Detective Osvaldo Pelayes at the Victor Valley Sheriff’s Station, (760) 552-6801. Persons wishing to remain anonymous can report information to WeTip by calling 1-800-78-CRIME, or by accessing the website at

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