Fla. police bust pee wee football gamblers

Oct. 31, 2012 at 4:14 PM
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LAUDERHILL, Fla., Oct. 31 (UPI) -- Authorities in Florida said they busted a gambling ring allegedly taking bets on local pee wee football games and several coaches were among those arrested.

The Broward Sheriff's Office said several coaches and team officials were busted as part of Operation Dirty Play, which investigated allegations of illegal gambling surrounding the South Florida Youth Football League, The Miami Herald reported Wednesday.

Alleged ringleader Brandon Bivins, 36, president and coach of the Fort Lauderdale Hurricanes, was taken into custody during a raid at his Red Carpet Kutz barber shop. He was charged with bookmaking and operating a gambling house.

Investigators allege the barber shop and Bivins' other business, Showtime Sports and Apparel in Lauderdale Lakes, served as fronts for the gambling ring, which focused on pee wee football but also took bets on NFL and Major League Baseball games and other sporting events.

Bivins has previous arrests for possession of cocaine, possession of marijuana, aggravated battery, carrying a concealed weapon and possession of stolen property.

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