DA Conley says two local businesses played role in widespread gambling ring

Fifteen teams of local, state and federal law enforcement agencies hit a number of locations across Boston and the state with warrants on Tuesday, targeting a major underground gambling ring. Two businesses in Dorchester allegedly served as fronts for the gambling ring, according to Suffolk District Attorney Dan Conley's office: Thalia Beauty Salon, at 338 Blue Hill Ave., and Gentileza's Market, at 140 Bowdoin St.

Individual operators, who were picked up in other areas of Boston and Lawrence, Worcester and Leominster, allegedly paid 60 percent of their gambling profits to two alleged "ringleaders," Jesus Reynoso, 44 of Roslindale, and Victor Rosado, 39, of Mattapan.

Conley said surveillance shows that the "betting parlors" were often visited by convicted drug dealers and were possibly used to launder drug money. Reynoso and Rosado were picked up Tuesday by the State Police and face up to 15 years in prison and fines up of to $10,000 on charges of organizing a gambling syndicate.

The two allegedly gave their "franchisees" laptops and printers to take and record wagers, according to Conley's office. In a statement, Conley said "this was not a harmless neighborhood lottery or sports book. It was a gambling enterprise where the game was rigged in favor of the ring and it was fraught with violence and corruption. Moreover, every dollar that went into this ring was a dollar stolen from the Commonwealth and its residents."