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Raleigh police bust home casino

Posted May 4, 2011

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— Raleigh police busted an apparent home casino in northeast Raleigh last month and seized slot machines, poker chips and almost $50,000 in cash.

According to a search warrant released Wednesday, an informant told police that the homeowner, Cuong Tu "Johnny" Le, 32, invited gamblers via email for high-stakes games three nights a week. 

Before the raid, police counted up to 14 vehicles per night parked outside Le's home, at 4700 Marathon Lane. 

Undercover officers bought their way in to the games on April 15, then signaled a team of police outside to search the home and two vehicles registered to Le. They found three slot machines, three poker tables, gambling tokens, poker chips and 19 bundles of cash. They also seized a surveillance system from outside the home.

Lee and his wife, Thu Le, 27, were charged with gambling, operating an illegal gambling establishment, possession of illegal gambling tables and misdemeanor child abuse because there were two children in the home. Both had posted bond by Wednesday and had been released.

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  • ptom06 May 6, 2011

    IT'S ILLEGAL TO PLAY POKER IN SOMEONES HOME BUT YOU CAN BET ( GAMBLE ) ON THE KENTUCKY DERBY THIS WEEKEND VIA THE INTERNET I HAVE HEARD THIS ON THE RADIO ADS ALL WEEK GO FIGURE

  • Proud Airman May 5, 2011

    It's illegal to have a poker table? oops! Why are casinos illegal anyways? With the HUGE budget crisis going on in Raleigh, it seems the city could benefit from the tax revenue. Just a thought.

  • Alexia.1 May 5, 2011

    "Comparing gambling and drugs, smart, please do not vote!!!" --weedy6969007

    Like that. Following on, I guess we can remind people that the government sells this equivalent of "drugs" at stores all over the state.

  • Alexia.1 May 5, 2011

    "I still can't get over the fact that it is apparently illegal to have a poker table... paulej May 4, 2011 7:04 p.m.

    Its not. Where do you people come from?" --chromelexus22

    It said in the article:
    "charged with gambling, operating an illegal gambling establishment, possession of illegal gambling tables and misdemeanor child abuse"

    I assume those are poker tables, since that is the only tables mentioned in the article.

  • FlavaSavor May 5, 2011

    I absolutely dispise bible thumpers, in a lot of ways they are way worse than liberals.

  • NCStatePack May 5, 2011

    Imagine that, GOLOers blaming the police for enforcing the law.

  • common tater May 5, 2011

    Good riddance! This wasn't your average home game. I went to a charity poker tournament some time ago. This guy somehow hijacked the email list from that event, and started spamming the attendees to get players for his home casino...I got emails from him all the time. Never attended of course. Wonder if they raided when no players were there? Didn't see a mention of players arrested.

  • ech May 5, 2011

    A waste of time and money. put the efforts of the police and tax dollars to real work keeping these criminals that I read about on here everyday that have a long list of felony charges that only get a few months or even days in jail then get put on probation for their 20th time. Then they finally kill some innocent person for a few dollars and every body cries on here about them not being in jail.

  • sammyg May 5, 2011

    hollylama...Good call- heehee!

  • NCStatePack May 5, 2011

    "We can thank the conservative bible thumpers for this. We had to sneek the lottery past them late night. but all they scream is freedom. Try buying a beer before noon on Sunday. YEP thank a bible thumper when you see them for that "freedom"." -chromelexus

    So you had to be a "Bible thumper" to be against the state running a lottery that can barely cover its own fees?

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