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Sheriff’s deputies raided four homes early Sunday and cracked an apparent gambling ring, resulting in two arrests, the Sheriff’s Department reported Monday.

Lloyd Muhr, 60, a theater advertising manager, was arrested at his San Diego home in the 6900 block of Amherst Street and taken to San Diego County Jail on suspicion of felony bookmaking and gambling. He was later released on $2,000 bail, a jail clerk said.

Melvin Franklin Johnson, 53, a telephone company employee, was arrested at his Oceanside home in the 200 block of Wilshire Road and taken to the County Jail in Vista on suspicion of felony bookmaking and gambling. He was released by a judge after promising to reappear for arraignment, a clerk said.

Both men will be arraigned later this month in Vista, the clerk said.

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Sheriff’s Vice Detail Lt. John Walker said the arrests were a result of a six-month investigation. He said enough evidence was gathered at two other sites that were searched to warrant arrests. He said no one was found in either home, in the 2900 and 2100 blocks of Avenida de la Playa in La Jolla.

“It was an ongoing operation,” Walker said of the alleged bookmaking ring, “going back to at least the early ‘80s.” He said the records showed basketball, baseball, football, horse racing and presidential election gambling.


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