NYPD Raids 35-37 East Broadway in Illegal Gambling Ring

Posted on: May 22nd, 2012 at 6:09 am by

Chinatown still possesses a shady underbelly not often seen in Bloomberg’s New York City.

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Photo Credit: Robert K. Chin

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.

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