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Cash Seized in Sports Betting Ring Raid

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STEUBENVILLE, Ohio - Steubenville Police and the Ohio Bureau of Criminal Investigations staged a major raid on a sports betting ring, in a joint months-long investigation.

Boxes of evidence went into a van earlier this evening, for use in criminal proceedings, which will follow.

Police say they seized piles of cash in this raid.
    
James Ciotti, Supervisor at the Ohio Bureau of Criminal Investigation, said it was an expensive gambling investigation that's been in operation for a period of time. He called it a "standard bookmaking operation."    

Steubenville Police Chief William McCafferty said a significant amount of money was seized.

"If that money was put in the economy and taxed properly, it could hire at least four police officers," McCafferty said.

Both Ciotti and McCafferty declined  to comment on the methods used in the investigation, which they described as ongoing. 

They also said that information would have to wait until the suspects were in court. 

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