NYPD Raids 35-37 East Broadway in Illegal Gambling Ring
Chinatown still possesses a shady underbelly not often seen in Bloomberg’s New York City.
Last night, NBC News revealed that the Feds just busted an illegal gambling ring that was headquartered on East Broadway. Indeed, shortly before 6:00 pm, NYPD and federal officials busted down the doors at numbers 35 and 37, seizing approximately $14 million in assets. According to the report:
The building hosted a group of illegal gambling operators on floors 1, 3, 4 and 6 over at least the last two years, according to law enforcement sources. Games like mahjong, pai gow poker and computer-based slots were offered in nearly half the building’s suites.
Apparently the Chinatown tenement was modified to accommodate the illicit gambling activities, including ground-floor slot machines and rooms dedicated to hosting computer slots. The same building was raided last year, with the NYPD seizing $200,000.