SWAT team raids illegal gambling operation in Zaferia for 2nd time, arrests 4, police say

Long Beach SWAT officers early Thursday morning served a search warrant in the Zaferia neighborhood for an illegal gambling operation at the same business they raided earlier this month, according to authorities.

Vice detectives were investigating a business at 2505 East Anaheim Street at about 3:45 a.m. where they seized gambling machines and found evidence of illegal gambling, police spokeswoman Shaunna Dandoy said.

“At this time, detectives believe that the same individuals are involved due to it being the same location,” Dandoy said.

Police say they arrested four people:

  • Chad Pastor, 37, of Long Beach, was booked for two outstanding warrants and is being held on a $65,000 bail
  • Patricia Buckler, 31, of Long Beach, was booked for two outstanding warrants and is being held on $55,000 bail
  • Israel Tabarez Benitez, 37, of Long Beach, was booked for an outstanding warrant and is being held on $1,801 bail
  • Jeremiah Schaffner, 43, of Long Beach, was booked for two outstanding warrants and is being held on $2,500 bail

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Valerie Osier is a breaking news and crime reporter for the Long Beach Post. She’s a Riverside native who found her love for journalism while at community college. She graduated from Cal State University, Long Beach journalism program in 2017 and covered the Palos Verdes Peninsula for the Daily Breeze prior to coming to the Post. She lives in Long Beach with her husband, Steven, and her cat/child, Jones.
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