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NYPD Detective, Two Firefighters Arrested In Staten Island Gambling Ring Bust

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Ralph Mastrantonio, left,  is seen in the garage of the Jacob K. Javits Federal Building Thursday, June 2, 2011 in New York.  Mastrantonio, a retired New York City Police Department sergeant, was one of  15 people, including two firefighters, who were arrested in connection with a New York City gambling ring, according to federal authorities. (credit: Henny Ray Abrams/AP)

Ralph Mastrantonio, left, is seen in the garage of the Jacob K. Javits Federal Building Thursday, June 2, 2011 in New York. Mastrantonio, a retired New York City Police Department sergeant, was one of 15 people, including two firefighters, who were arrested in connection with a New York City gambling ring, according to federal authorities. (credit: Henny Ray Abrams/AP)

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NEW YORK (CBSNewYork/AP) — Federal authorities said 15 people, including a police detective and two firefighters, have been arrested in connection with a New York City gambling ring.

The suspects were taken into custody Thursday morning. They’re accused of running illegal card games on Staten Island.

According to an indictment, the floating poker game operated in various locations, including Hylan and Victory Boulevards and Arthur Kill Road.

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New York Police Department Detective Richard Palase, firefighters Michael Bergen and Gerald Parsons and the other defendants, including a retired police sergeant and a retired firefighter, were to make an initial appearance later in the day in federal court in Brooklyn.

1010 WINS’ Carol D’Auria reports: Gambling Ring Busted

At least $2,000 was made and or bet in the games.

Sometimes text messages were used to contact the participants and inform them of the game’s latest location, officials said.

Other defendants include a retired police sergeant and a retired firefighter.

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