SWAT Raid International Arms Dealers Gambling Den

CENPublished: February 9, 2018
Published: February 9, 2018

This is the dramatic moment a police SWAT team raided an illegal gambling den inside the apartment of a major international arms dealer imprisoned in the USA.

Police broke into the four-room apartment of Victor Bout, 51, in the Russian capital city of Moscow where they found 12 people gambling.

Video footage shot by the cops shows armed officers forcing the gamblers to lie face-down on the floor of the apartment at gunpoint.

Police are investigating the connections between the operators of the illicit casino and Bout who owns the flat in Moscow city centre but is currently in a US prison.

Bout was arrested in Thailand in 2008 before being extradited in 2010 to the United States to stand trial on terrorism charges for smuggling arms to FARC guerillas in Colombia.

He was convicted by a jury in a Manhattan federal court of conspiracy to kill US citizens and officials, delivery of anti-aircraft missiles, and providing aid to a terrorist organisation.

The former Soviet military translator reportedly made a fortune shipping arms, mostly to Africa and the Middle East, during the 1990s and early 2000s.

His customer base is said to have ranged from Charles Taylor in Liberia, to the United Nations in Sudan, and the United States in Iraq.

Gambling was banned everywhere in Russia - apart from four specially arranged zones - in 2009 over concerns about rapidly growing gambling addiction.

In the year 2002 there were 58 casinos, 2,000 gaming rooms and approximately 70,000 slot machines in Moscow alone, according to city officials.

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