On Wednesday night, Honolulu police seized more than 20 slot machines, ammunition, drug paraphernalia and cash from an apparently illegal gambling den operating out of a storefront in Palolo.
Honolulu resident Bang Cong Nguyen, 53, was arrested at 8 p.m. Wednesday on suspicion of promoting gambling and possessing a gambling device. The search warrant was executed at a white building with blue trim at 1720, Palolo Avenue, by the HPD Narcotics/Vice Division, Specialized Services Division and District 7 Crime Reduction Unit, according to police.
This marked the second closure of an illegal gambling den run by HPD this month.
Honolulu police seized ten slot machines, cash and drugs from an illegal gambling hall in Kalihi on February 4.
Officers from HPD’s Narcotics/Vice Divisions and Specialist Services closed off part of the street around a red commercial building and executed a search warrant, according to photos on HPD’s social media feeds.
On January 25, Narcotics Officers/NCOs and the SSD executed a search warrant and confiscated 16 slot machines and “a large sum of money” from an illegal gambling hall in Liliha.
Every day, between 50 and 80 illegal gambling halls operate on Oahu, according to police.
From January 1 to October 22, HPD shut down 45 illegal gambling halls and seized 641 gambling machines, surpassing the 37 search warrants executed in 2020.
After executing a warrant at a gambling hall, police served the owner with a notice that he is subject to HRS 712-1271, which allows the state attorney general, county attorneys, or a citizen private to take legal action to end the activity and reduce nuisance.