Nine people were arrested at the Encore Boston Harbor between Friday and Sunday on various charges alleging they fought, trespassed, resisted arrest, and possessed drugs at the new Everett gaming palace towering above the Mystic River, according to State Police.
David Procopio, a State Police spokesman, said via e-mail that the agency’s Gaming Enforcement Unit arrested the alleged offenders.
“Three (2 men and a woman from Lowell) were charged with assault and battery and were connected to a fight in the valet area,” Procopio wrote. “A fourth person from their group, a man from Westford, was charged with a drug offense.”
Procopio said the other five arrests were “fairly routine: a mix of disorderly conduct, trespassing, resisting arrest, and drug possession.”
Encore Boston Harbor issued a statement on the arrests.
“We take security and safety at Encore very seriously. We have a zero tolerance policy regarding any violation of law or inappropriate behavior and work side-by-side with law enforcement to ensure any individuals involved in such behavior are immediately removed from the resort and handled appropriately by Everett or State Police,” the statement said.
It’s not the first time troopers put the bracelets on unruly gamblers at the Encore. During one rough night last month, three people were taken into custody following separate disturbances at the casino, State Police said at the time. The charges leveled against those suspects included assault, disorderly conduct and resisting arrest, indecent assault and battery, assault and battery, lewd and lascivious behavior, and disorderly conduct.
The state Gaming Commission also released a statement on the Encore arrests last weekend.
“The MGC prioritizes and facilitates the close coordination of state and local police and civilian security personnel,” the statement said. “Furthermore, we strictly regulate the required internal controls and security policies and procedures, which are designed to maximize public safety for an entertainment venue that attracts thousands of visitors daily. Law enforcement officials and regulatory agents maintain an open dialogue with Encore’s security personnel to coordinate on the successful implementation of preventive safety measures and, when necessary, ensure responses that are swift and effective.”
Word of last weekend’s arrests comes on the heels of Encore reporting to state gaming regulators that it brought in $52.5 million in gambling revenue during its second full month of operation in August, an increase of almost $4 million over July. But slot machine revenue dropped by nearly $1 million, highlighting a challenge gambling operators have faced across the region as more competitors have entered the market.
Some star power is expected at the Encore on Wednesday afternoon, when CBS News anchor Gayle King is slated to come through on behalf of Hearts on Fire, billed as the “Boston-based creators of the world’s most perfectly cut diamond,” a company spokesperson said.