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46 arrested, $2M seized in NJ, NY, FL gambling operation

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Authorities say Robert "Elvis" D'Alessio, of Totowa, ran the operation with the help of a Costa Rica-based office. (Bergan County Prosecutor's Office)

Authorities say Robert “Elvis” D’Alessio, of Totowa, ran the operation with the help of a Costa Rica-based office. (Bergan County Prosecutor’s Office)

HACKENSACK, N.J. — Authorities say they have seized $2 million in cash and arrested 46 people in New Jersey, New York and Florida on sports gambling and other charges.

The Bergen County Prosecutor’s Office said Wednesday the arrests came as part of an investigation into a large-scale gambling, racketeering and money-laundering operation.

Authorities say Robert “Elvis” D’Alessio, of Totowa, ran the operation with the help of a Costa Rica-based office, which bettors called to check or place bets.

Forty-six people were arrested in New Jersey, New York and Florida Wednesday. (Bergan County Prosecutor's Office)

Forty-six people were arrested in New Jersey, New York and Florida Wednesday. (Bergan County Prosecutor’s Office)

He faces racketeering, gambling and money-laundering charges.

Officials say the operation had more than 50 agents overseeing 320 bettors.

Most of those charged are New Jersey residents. Four were from New York and three are from Florida.

Authorities say the investigation is continuing.

It’s unclear if the defendants have attorneys to speak for them.