Gambling Houses In Koreatown Raided by LAPD

Maximiliano VCHK, Sept. 18, 2013, 10:47 a.m.

The Los Angeles Police Department cracked down on several illegal gambling houses in Koreatown, and seized tens of thousands of dollars in cash along with dozens of slot machines, authorities stated on Tuesday afternoon, September 17, 2013.

The operation involved seven residencies that allegedly were running games from morning until late at night, stated the Los Angeles Police Department.

The gambling dens were all centered in a four square block radius nearby Olympic Boulevard and Normandie Avenue, one of the busiest intersections in the Koreatown area.  Neighbors regularly complained about loud noises and lack of street parking, due to constant gamblers coming in and out.

"It was just a disruptive influence," stated Lt. Mike Oppelt of the LAPD's Gang and Narcotics Division. In addition, he also stated that although some of the homes did have gambling tables, most of their revenue was generated through the use of slot machines.  "Those were the moneymakers," stated Oppelt.

The raid was a success, with a total of 35 slot machines and $36,000 USD being confiscated.  The alleged gambling operations were overlooked by a "gaming manager", who was on-site.

Police stated that the layout of the operations were split between residency and gambling den, with the residents living in a part of the home while other areas were sectioned off and constructed into gambling dens.

A total of ten persons were charged with illegal possession of a slot machine, which constitutes as a misdemeanor.

The raid was comprised of around 100 officers from different departments of the LAPD.  These departments include: Asian Crime Unit, Gang and Narcotics Division, and Olympic Division, which in a joint effort orchestrated the raid at around 7:30 a.m. Tuesday, September 17.

If anyone can provide more information or tips, Lt. Mike Oppelt can be reached at (213) 486-5391.  Any after-hour tips can also be left at (877) 527-3247.

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