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Florida teenager Briana Rios arrested for allegedly running illegal gambling house

Briana Michelle Rios Broward County Police Department

Briana Michelle Rios
Broward Sheriff's Office

(CBS) - Police say they've arrested a 19-year-old South Florida woman who allegedly ran a house for illegal gambling on sporting events.

The Orlando Sentinel reports that Briana Michelle Rios, charged with bookmaking and running a gambling house in Hollywood, Fla., made her first court appearance on Friday, where a judge ordered her held on $40,000 bond.

Although Rios' public defender argued that she may have only been a clerk and should be given a lower bond, Judge John Hurley disagreed, citing computers and other evidence, the Sentinel reports.

"Police said there was an ongoing gambling operation and that you were the one who was controlling this operation," Hurley reportedly told Rios.

According to NBC Miami, Rios's ex-boyfriend Jose Solis said the alleged teen bookie was bringing in at least $10,000 per day. But Solis also claimed his ex-girlfriend was only an employee and not the "mastermind" of the operation.

"She's young. She's a little girl. She's 19 years old," Solis reportedly said. "She didn't know what she was doing at the moment."

Solis said Rios was left in charge of the operation by her employer, who fled to the Dominican Republic, NBC Miami reports.

  • Casey Glynn

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