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Gambling, nudity law not yet enforced

GARDEN GROVE, Calif., July 8 (UPI) -- Police said no citations have yet been issued under a new ordinance banning smoking, gambling and nudity at Vietnamese cafes in Garden Grove, Calif.

Lt. Jeff Nightengale said more than 70 patrol officers still need training on how to enforce the law, which took effect June 24, the Los Angeles Times reported Friday.

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Nightengale said letters of intent to enforce the ordinance were recently hand-delivered in Vietnamese and English to Vietnamese cafes in the city.

The cafes, known for loud music, tinted windows and scantily-clad servers, were the target of an operation by more than 150 federal and local law enforcement agents in March. Officers seized more than 186 arcade machines authorities believed could be converted for gambling use.

Nightengale said the law bans smoking at the establishments but "the real emphasis is going to be the video arcade games and the attire of the waitresses."

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