2017-02-01 / Front Page

Queens Vice Cops Bust Illegal Elmhurst Casino

By Liz Goff
Queens Vice Squad cops armed with a search warrant raided an illegal casino on January 25 that operated on the third floor of two Elmhurst businesses, police said.

The cops entered one gambling den at Broadway Fashion Optical on Broadway near Dongan Avenue in Elmhurst at about 11 p.m. on January 25, and a second illegal casino that operated out of the nearby Yummy & Health Café, police said.

Cops seized 18 electronic gaming machines, jars filled with $24,210 cash, cocaine and other drugs, and drug paraphernalia at the two locations.

A total of 18 people arrested during the raid were charged with multiple counts including criminal possession of a controlled substance, criminal possession of gambling devices and betting slips, and promoting gambling.

Police said the Vice cops started keeping an eye on the locations after they received a tip regarding the illegal activity.

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