Chinatown Building Raided in Illegal Gambling Investigation

Around $14 million in assets are expected to be seized in the operation

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    Federal officials say there was a full fledged backroom casino in a Chinatown building they raided Monday night, and it was controlled by members and associates of a notorious Asian gang. Jonathan Dienst reports.

    NYPD and federal officials raided a building in Chinatown believed to be the center of a network of illegal gambling activities Monday.

    Officials raided the six-story building at 35 and 37 East Broadway shortly before 6 p.m., a culmination of an investigation dubbed "Operation Snake Eyes" in a reference to the game of dice.

    Law enforcement sources said the building hosted a group of illegal gambling operators on floors 1, 3, 4 and 6 over at least the last two years. Games like mahjong, pai gow poker and computer-based slots were offered in nearly half the building's suites.

    In all, 11 people were arrested on gambling charges, officials said.

    Chinatown Building Raided in Illegal Gambling Investigation

    [NY] Chinatown Building Raided in Illegal Gambling Investigation
    NYPD and federal officials raided a building in Chinatown believed to be the center of a network of illegal gambling activities Monday. Pei-Sze Cheng reports.

    Sources said the building was modified to accommodate the gambling operations, including the creation of ground-floor slots and rooms dedicated to hosting computer slots, and the installation of surveillance cameras.

    A neighbor who wanted to remain anonymous told NBC 4 New York it was obvious to him the building was hosting a gambling den.

    "In the summertime when my windows were open and their windows were open, I could hear the chips smacking," he said.

    There was "just gambling, men and women up till 3 in the morning, all night sometimes," he said.

    Another neighbor, Yue Wang, said it was "weird" when there were "people up there at 5 in the morning."

    Immigration and Customs Enforcement officers marched several people out of the building during the raid. Two doctors were also arrested for allegedly practicing without a license.

    Around $14 million in assets were expected to be seized, sources said. The building was also raided last year, when NYPD seized more than $200,000.

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