Police bust gambling ring that operated out of stores in the BX and city

A two-year investigation into a gambling ring has landed seven people, who are all related by blood or marriage, behind bars.

Police say 63-year-old Nelson Perez and his 40-year-old son Nelson Perez Jr. were the kingpins behind an illegal gambling ring. According to police, the business brought in almost $5 million a year. They say the operation was run out of the back rooms of stores and bodegas in the Bronx and city.

The Bronx district attorney says police seized more than $100,000, six vehicles and two guns. The defendants face up to 25 years in prison if convicted.

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