Police raid gambling operation in Raleigh

Cuong Tu Lee (Image courtesy Wake County Sheriff's Office)

May 4, 2011 11:31:19 AM PDT
A search warrant made public Wednesday says police raided an illegal gambling operation in northeast Raleigh.

The warrant states investigators got a tip that a home at 4700 Marathon Lane had seven professional poker tables with seating for 63.

The officer who filed the warrant wrote that he had probably cause to suspect Cuong Tu Lee - AKA Johnny Lee - was sending out mass emails to a large group of people about attending games three days a week.

Officers raided the home on April 15 and seized three slot machines, poker tables, cards, and poker chips along with a long list of other items.

More than $40,000 in cash was also collected.

The warrant states players came to games on Sunday, Wednesday and Friday nights and a professional dealer was used.

Lee now faces gambling charges and a child abuse charge related to a minor being in a "gambling house."

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