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LASD - Lancaster Station, Los Angeles County Sheriff
Wednesday October 21st, 2020 :: 03:33 p.m. PDT


LANCAP led operation at "Tap Taps" nets over 250 illegal gambling machines, 31 arrests, guns and narcotics for sale.

On Tuesday, October 20, 2020 at approximately 6pm, a multi-agency team served search warrants at numerous locations resulting in seizure of illegal gambling machines and multiple arrests in the City of Lancaster.

The team, led by LANCAP, the Lancaster Appreciation Program, included assistance from LASD’s Major Crimes Bureau, Operation Safe Streets OSS, Palmdale Station’s PAC Team, an arrest team from Century Regional Detention Facility and the City of Lancaster Office of Public Safety and the California Municipal Code and Compliance. A thorough investigation resulted in the execution of simultaneous search warrants at numerous illegal gambling locations.

Commonly referred to as “TAP TAPS”, these illegal gambling, underground casinos quietly use unmarked, store fronts. As these TAP TAPS appear, statistics show that crimes such as murder, robbery, assault with a deadly weapon and car thefts rise in the surrounding neighborhoods and businesses.

The operation led to the seizure of over 250 machines, 3 guns, a large amount of money, narcotics for sale and 31 arrests. Among those arrested was Amer Tafas, who was transported and booked at Lancaster Station and is charged with Maintaining an Illegal Gambling location.

A fantastic investigation conducted by the LANCAP team. Great police work and great team work to keep our city as safe as possible.


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Anyone with information about this incident is encouraged to contact the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department Lancaster Station at (661) 948-8466. If you prefer to provide information anonymously, you may call "Crime Stoppers" by dialing (800) 222-TIPS (8477), use your smartphone by downloading the “P3 Tips” Mobile APP, “P3 Mobile” for the hearing impaired on Google play or the Apple App Store or by using the website


Lancaster Sheriff’s Station polices the City of Lancaster, Antelope Valley College in Lancaster, and the unincorporated communities of Antelope Acres, Lake Los Angeles, and Quartz Hill in the Antelope Valley.


Ali Villalobos

Lancaster Sheriff’s Station

Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department

501 W Lancaster Boulevard

Lancaster, CA 93534

Station (661) 948-8466

Desk (661) 524-2154


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LASD - Lancaster Station, Los Angeles County Sheriff
501 W Lancaster Blvd
Lancaster, CA 93534

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