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Raleigh police bust home casino

Posted May 4, 2011 4:32 p.m. EDT
Updated May 4, 2011 4:40 p.m. EDT

— 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.