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Toronto Police Department Busts Illegal Gambling House in Chinatown

Toronto Police Department Busts Illegal Gambling House in Chinatown

Cops from the Toronto Police Department were very busy as they busted an illegal gambling house in Toronto’s city center. According to a statement from the law enforcement officers, they were dispatched after a phone report that an individual was seen carrying a gun at the Dundas Street West and Spadina Avenue just after 8pm on January 29, 2021. This led the police officers to stumble across an underground betting parlour.

When responding to the call and upon arriving at the location, the officers were surprised to find an illegal gaming den in the basement of the house in Toronto’s Chinatown, and quickly sprang to action. After containing the scene, the police informed the public that they caught no less than 14 people red-handed gaming illegally, who were later arrested by the law enforcement officers who were on duty. The police also said that they found large quantities of cash on the scene of the crime, which they seized, but so far, the amount has not been disclosed. Officers from the service’s Financial Crimes Unit – Asset Forfeiture section have also been called in to help the Major Crime Unit with the money that was obtained in the arrest.

Apart from gambling illegally, the perpetrators continued racking up their charges by failing to comply with the Emergency Management and Civil Protection Act, which states that only residents of the household are allowed to stay in the property. This act was implemented by the provincial government in a series of health and safety measures in order to protect Ontario’s residents from the unprecedented situation.

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A list of the names of the 14 individuals being charged was released by the police. Facing one charge of being found in an unregulated gambling house and another for violating the province’s pandemic stay-at-home order are Toronto residents Chung Tseung, 53, Li Na Huang, 40, Chen Shunying, 42, Cai Wenfeng, 48, Chen Yachao 30, and Dong Cuiang, 42, Mississauga residents Yi-Mie Chen, 38, Pham Tra-My, 46, Liew Mong Ha, 51, and Markham residents Lixian Chen, 30, Bing Lin, 41, Fung-Sin Wong, 56, and A-chi Hoac, 62, of Oakville, and Liu Yiyong, 44, of Whitby. All of them must appear at Old City Hall Court on March 25. Police investigations are still open and ongoing and anyone with more information is being asked to call the police on 418-808-1400 or to contact them anonymously via Crime Stoppers.

This is not the first time that the city of Toronto saw its police officers bust an unregulated gaming place in order to battle illegal gambling. Just last year, the police department involved conducted a special operation named ‘Operation Endgame’, which involved more than 100 officers. The suspected place for the criminal activities was a 20,000 square-foot mansion in Markham, which the officers had to search.

After getting all the necessary search warrants, the police descended on Markham and carried out various searches, the first one happening on July, 3. In this instance, the officers searched a commercial venue and found unregulated slot machines, gambling tables, a number of gaming devices, and CA$20,000 in cash. The search resulted in 5 arrests. The last of these police raids happened near the end of July, when the police found numerous gaming offerings in the same Markham mansion mentioned before, designed to attract high rollers.
Reports about 2018 suggest that a total of CA$46.7 billion has been laundered through various criminal activities. According to Det. Sgt. Carl Mattinen of the York Regional Police, organized crime groups targeted casinos in Ontario and played in a way that helped them minimize their losses and obtain clean money from the gaming venues.

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Image source: https://globalnews.ca/news/7619282/coronavirus-toronto-police-illegal-gaming-house/

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