Last night, a large number of police and federal agents were on the scene at 37 East Broadway, investigating an alleged illegal gambling operation. Agents from Homeland Security went floor-by-floor in the building near Catherine Street, seizing more than $200,000 and taking 11 people into custody for questioning.
A large crowd of onlookers gathered on the sidewalk across the street. A sign in Chinese above the ground floor entrance reads, “Lucky 777.” Sources told WNBC that games like mahjong, pai gow poker and “computer-based slots” were being offered in specially outfitted rooms throughout the building.
The Times reported that the six story building, worth about $14 million, is expected to be seized. The operation was also raided last year.