LOWELL -- Hours after his release from court Monday on illegal gaming charges, prosecutors say a Lowell man and his girlfriend were back in business illegally selling Dominican lottery tickets and taking illegal sports bets out of their Lakeview Avenue home.

As a result, Bienvenido Santana, who had been released on personal recognizance on Monday, had his bail revoked and was ordered held without bail on Tuesday on his earlier charges of promoting an illegal lottery and promoting an illegal foreign lottery.

Brennan also imposed a $1,000 cash bail on a new set of charges of promoting an illegal lottery and take/allow/be present at betting.

Prosecutor Kelly Norton sought $5,000 cash bail noting that within hours after Santana walked out of court on Monday, by 7 p.m. that night Lowell police watched a man place a bet at the Lakeview Avenue location. Santana was found with a betting slip in his pocket, Norton said.

But Santana's attorney argued that the people who own the betting computers arrived to remove them and in the process a bet was taken.

"He (Santana) is not the big fish in this,'' the attorney said.

Also facing charges is Santana's girlfriend, Anna Maria Amador, 32, of the same address. Amador was released on personal recognizance after pleading not guilty to charges of setting up/promoting a lottery (two counts) and altering/falsifying motor-vehicle documents.

In court documents, Lowell police allege that in February, detectives from the Special Investigations Section began investigating Santana, 59, of 124 Lakeview Ave.


, first floor, about illegal gaming activities. During the probe, police say they learned Santana owned Santana Communications and was selling illegal Dominican lottery tickets and taking illegal sports bets.

Amador would allegedly sit at the front desk and take daily bets.

Police said they saw customers enter the business and buy the daily number to the international Dominican lottery.

At 4 p.m. Sunday, police executed a search warrant for the Lakeview Avenue address. They say they found Amador at a desk with security glass that was sectioned off from the rest of the office by a locked door.

After presenting the search warrant and reading the suspects their Miranda rights, Santana allegedly told police he sells tickets for the Dominican lottery.

During their search of the apartment, police seized $1,576 on Santana, $3,000 hidden behind the toilet, $1,969 in cash and sports-betting slips beneath a couch cushion, $1,114 in cash, Dominican lottery tickets and sports-betting slips at the front desk. A total of $9,659 was seized.

Police also seized three computer modems at the front desk, an Epson printer, and numerous betting slips throughout the apartment, including some that were in the shredder and trash. Miscellaneous paperwork belonging to Amador and Santana were found in the bedroom and top drawer.

Amador allegedly admitted to police that she obtained an illegal Massachusetts ID.

Brennan ordered the couple to cease all illegal gambling activities. Their next court date is May 16.

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