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Raid smashes $30 million-a-year betting operation

NEW YORK (CNN) -- Brooklyn District Attorney Charles Hynes announced Sunday that 11 people involved in the Califano crime family's illegal sports betting operation were arrested in raids over the weekend.

A task force of more than 75 officers raided 13 locations Saturday as a part of Operation Kings Flush, a 16-month investigation to purge mob-linked illegal gambling from Brooklyn.

Officers seized $40,000 in cash and betting slips worth more than $90,000, as well as computers, calculators, recording machines and telephones.

The officers conducted the raid in advance of the Super Bowl, one of the most popular annual sporting events on which to bet. "We did it to take the Califanos off guard," said Hynes. "We surprised them substantially."

The office of the district attorney claims that the Califano organization handled $30 million a year in illegal bets, a small portion of the estimated $15 billion generated each year in illegal gambling in New York City.



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