I'm a big supporter of our police and other law enforcement officers - they keep us safe by keeping bad guys off of the street. But, it's also important that our officers obey the law, like having proper warrants when they're investigating crimes. Otherwise, they could end up letting actual criminals go free. That could be the case for several Chinese illegal bookmakers who are claiming the FBI illegally cut off their Internet access at Caesars Palace as an excuse to search their rooms.
The situation began when the FBI and Nevada Gaming Commission became suspicious about some guests. Authorities suspected the guests may be setting an illegal gambling ring because they requested "an unusually large amount of electronics equipment and technical support." The men were staying in three villas at Caesars Palace.
The FBI had every right to be suspicious - one of the men faces illegal sports betting charges in Macau, and the government also says he's a high-ranking member of the 14K Triad Chinese criminal organization.
An electrical engineer employee advised security personnel at the Caesars Palace Hotel & Casino that the equipment in one of the villas 'appeared to be set up for an illegal gambling operation.'
But, the law enforcement agency didn't have any concrete evidence that it needed to get a warrant to search the area. And, what it did next could eventually be the men's ticket to freedom.