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Police Continue Crackdown of Makeshift Gambling Hall

655 Keeaumoku, where police have conducted more than one raid on a suspected gambling hall. 655 Keeaumoku, where police have conducted more than one raid on a suspected gambling hall.

(KHNL)  Keeaumoku Street offers restaurants, clothing stores and bars. And according to Honolulu police, an illegal casino operation as well. Officers raided the alleged gambling parlor twice in two nights this week.

H.P.D.'s Narcotics-Vice Division says its officers have now raided the suspected gambling house, at 655 Keeaumoku Street, at least four times in the past year-and-a-half.

It was not exactly a warm welcome, when we visited the alleged gambling parlor in December 2004. At the time, police said they found gaming devices at the site. Five people were arrested.

Investigators say the casino operation, at 655 Keeaumoku Street, has since resumed. Narcotics-Vice officers returned to the location for back-to-back raids this week.

Tuesday night, police arrested Huizhu Ye for investigation of promoting gambling. Tito Scanlan, James Howard Abalos and Ioane Faasili were booked on suspicion of other offenses.

The very next evening, officers nabbed three more people - Chang Ding, Jin En Guo and Kwok Tung Yeung - on suspicion of promoting gambling.

As they did during the 2004 raid, police say they recovered gaming devices, surveillance equipment and cash.

The property manager declined comment Thursday. The gambling suspects were released after they each posted $2,000 bail. Two others remain in police custody.

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