Illegal Drug, Gambling House Taken Down in New York's East Village

Written by:
Guest
Published on:
Aug/03/2018

NEW YORK - New York City Police say they have arrested 32 people on Friday morning and busted an illegal gambling house that was also a heroin and cocaine distribution hub.

The operation conducted business in four states: New York City, Massachusetts, Georgia and Florida.

The police indictment identifies David Diaz, 52, as the alleged head of both the narcotics distribution network and the gambling operation.

Search warrants recovered $125,000 in cash, multiple money counters, gambling records, thousands of poker chips and two vehicles.  Weapons were also confiscated. 

Cocaine, heroin, marijuana and Xanax pills were also discovered on the premises.

From CBS News:

Police described The Poker House as running from 4 p.m. to 4 a.m. with two floors hosting 30 players at a time. Entry into the gambling games required vetting by a woman based in Atlanta who also oversaw an online poker business. She would text approval for individuals in order to participate at the East Village operation.

Players at lower stakes tables on the first floor were required to purchase a minimum of $200 in chips, while higher stakes players upstairs were required to purchase $500 in chips.

“Each game lasted two hours, enabling tens of thousands of dollars to change hands in a single night,” police said in a statement.

- Jagajeet Chiba, Gambling911.com

Gambling News

MGM Springfield Pulls In $9.5M From Gambling In First Week

Massachusetts gambling regulators are reporting MGM Springfield generated $9.5 million from gambling operations in its first week open.

Fear of the Fix With Sports Betting Sudden Growth in Popularity

Fear of the Fix With Sports Betting Sudden Growth in Popularity

It's early in a college basketball game and Team A, playing methodically and using up most of the 30-second shot clock, falls behind 10-6.

NFL Wants to Testify at House Sports Betting Hearing Later This Month

NFL Wants to Testify at House Sports Betting Hearing Later This Month

A hearing related to sports betting is supposed to be scheduled September 27 and the National Football League is more than willing to testify before it according to reports.

Macau Begins Cleanup Following Powerful Typhoon

Macau Begins Cleanup Following Powerful Typhoon

Packing winds of more than 200 kph (125 mph) at its peak, tropical cyclone Mangkhut is considered the strongest to hit the region this year.

Macau Shuts Down for First Time Ever

Macau Shuts Down for First Time Ever

A massive typhoon has resulted in Macau closing its casinos Saturday, the first time they have ever had to do so.

Syndicate