Santa Ana works to slap down violent crime and gambling dens

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There are those who might contend that gambling is a victimless crime. But in Santa Ana, the proliferation of slaphouses, as many illegal gambling dens are called, have had deadly consequences. The Santa Ana Police Department was already a couple months into a crackdown on violent crimes, including illegal gambling dens, when a man was shot dead on Feb. 16 just outside one of the illicit gambling establishments on the 300 block of North Harbor Boulevard. The death of the unidentified man was one of three this year believed to be connected to a slaphouse and the eighth homicide in…