Garden Grove

40 arrests are made in crime sweep

GARDEN GROVE police keep watch over suspects arrested Friday night in the Buena Clinton area (GGPD photo).

Forty suspects were arrested Friday night as part of a crime sweep operation by the Garden Grove Police Department.

According to the GGPD, officers first observed a suspicious vehicle, which led to a pursuit, a crash and the arrest of the driver, who was found to be in possession of a loaded .380 semiautomatic pistol. He had multiple drug warrants.

Immediately after that arrest, a search warrant was served at the “Shark” slap house, in the Buena Clinton area of southeast Garden Grove. The location is a front for illegal gambling and has been the site of many firearms and narcotics arrests, according to police.

Such places are called slap houses because of the sound that players make when they pound their hands on the controls of a video game that is played for money.

The arrests here included five people on probation and one parolee. Seized was $3000 in cash. Twelve illegal gambling machines were also found.

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