Arundel police charge 2 with gambling operation Tip from FBI led to 5-month probe

December 24, 1991|By Peter Hermann

Two men have been charged with operating what police describe as a major gambling operation in northern Anne Arundel County that took in an estimated $75,000 a week.

County police said they seized money and betting slips that indicated a large-scale book-making business. Police said their investigation started five months ago with a tip from the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

"It is a very significant gambling operation," Anne Arundel County Police Chief Robert P. Russell said. "We think it covers the county pretty well."

Raymond S. Young Jr., 43, of the 100 block of Highland Road in Glen Burnie and Anthony G. Costantino, 54, of the 100 block of Seagull Drive in Pasadena were charged Sunday with keeping a place for gambling and making a pool on professional sporting events. Both charges are misdemeanors.

Capt. Michael P. Fitzgibbons, a police spokesman, said Mr. Young was the "mastermind of this organization" and Mr. Costantino worked for him. He said Mr. Young took in about $50,000 a week and Mr. Costantino took in about $25,000 a week.

Police said they confiscated $140 and betting slips from Mr. Costantino's business, Tony's Produce, in the 8500 block of Fort Smallwood Road in Pasadena.

They also raided a home in the 1700 block of Marley Avenue, where police say Mr. Young was working, and confiscated $1,522, book-making records, a telephone, football schedules from Las Vegas and two handguns -- a .380-caliber semiautomatic and a .25-caliber semiautomatic.

An Anne Arundel police detective who worked on the case said the raids turned up 40 names of people or addresses where bets are taken, all listed on sheets of yellow legal-sized paper. The names, written in code, are all links to what could be thousands of bettors, he said.

The undercover detective, who spoke on the condition he not be named, said individual bets ranged from $30 to $1,000. He said the organization had a hierarchical structure with Mr. Young in charge of several associates like Mr. Costantino. Each associate had his own network of places to solicit bets from, the detective said.

Police said their investigation is continuing and additional charges -- including some against people who placed bets -- could be filed.

Police said both men were arrested without incident in their homes and released on their own recognizance by a Glen Burnie court commissioner.

A man who answered the phone at the Marley Avenue residence said he had been away over the weekend and didn't know anything about a police raid. The man would not give his name, but police said the owner of the house was not involved in the gambling operation.

Mr. Young could not be reached for comment. State police said Mr. Young was charged Oct. 18 with cocaine possession after a trooper pulled him over on the Baltimore-Washington Parkway north of Glen Burnie.

Spokesman Chuck Jackson said police confiscated a small amount of cocaine, $21,000 and gambling records. Mr. Young was not charged with any gambling infractions at that time, Mr. Jackson said.

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