Posted by on February 4, 2018
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(by Janis Mara) – Officers arrested three people and seized weapons, methamphetamines, drug paraphernalia and other items in Benicia Thursday after a four-month-long investigation, police said.

The investigation was of an illegal gambling business in the 2000 block of Columbus Parkway where people could allegedly gamble on computers that ran slot machine-style games.

Benicia detectives and agents with the California Department of Justice served arrest and search warrants at the business and at someone’s home, police said.

Michael Phillips, 21, of El Sobrante, was arrested on suspicion of bookmaking, illegal gambling device, conspiracy and unlawful possession of a firearm and ammunition, police said.

Cynthia Powell, 57, of El Sobrante, was arrested on suspicion of bookmaking, illegal gambling device, conspiracy and other offenses, according to police.

Kenneth Nielsen, 64, of El Sobrante, was arrested on suspicion of being felon in possession of a gun and being felon in possession of ammunition, police said.