On 26 June 2017, a three-month elongated supervision of a 53-year-old man, suspicious of operating an illegal gambling ring in Austin, was terminated with his imprisonment by SWAT agents in Hutto.
Heather Crawford, who resides two doors down from the residence of Chong Pak in Hutto, specified about the environment of their living place that it is usually peaceful in the colony but the arrest of Pak turned into a disorder for her and her family. She further added that they heard a blast which disturbed the house on Monday and they were shocked.
Later, her husband advanced on the front porch of the house and then he realized it was police causing the explosion which cleared their doubts that illegal operations were being held in the house. She stated that there used to be a great number of cars parked in the vicinity and Pak’s house always seemed to be crowded which made her family suspicious about his illegal actions.
Inspection Against Chong Pak Initiated in January 2017
In late January 2017, the Human Trafficking/ Vice Unit of the Austin Police Department initiated their inspection of Chong Pak and following the numerous investigation permits at several game rooms and the assistance of people engaged, investigators were capable of recognizing Pak as the supposed owner of the activity.
APD and Williamson County SWAT crews examined Pak’s residence in the 1200 block of Augusta Bend in Hutto on 26th June 2017. Investigators stated that they discovered various documents connecting Pak to unlawful gaming activities.
They confiscated $724,736 in cash which was suspected to be the earnings from the game rooms, three automobiles of value $94,550 and roughly $7,500 in gold and silver ingots, comparable to gold bars.
Pak has been accused of first-degree felony money concealment as well as state jail felony for being involved in a planned offense. If found guilty, he will receive life imprisonment along with being charged with $10,000.
Illegal Game Rooms in Austin
Troy Officer, the commander of the APD Organized Crime Unit stated that there are approximately 80 unlawful game rooms functioning in Austin. Only one tiny room can produce minimum $1.2 million each year.
He further added that persons who find these game rooms to be a victimless offense and are gladly indulging in it have certainly no sense as to what kind of trouble they are getting themselves involved in and what the final pocket is for the unlawful operation. Judging by the hundreds of thousands of dollars in cash seized from the residence of Pak, it is only a drop in the ocean.
The game rooms are a cultivating ground for stealing and brutal offenses and the commander wishes to place their activities on inspection.
The money could be utilized for anything, from funding drugs to terrorism. The game rooms of Pak were rigidly functioning 8-liner machines, which are basically video slot machines. The police division has mentioned that unlawful gaming activities are acquiring millions of dollars each month all over the city.
Other Suspects Also Arrested
Commander Officer claims that they have taken nine defendants into custody connected to Pak’s operation driving up to the imprisonment of the supposed ringleader. Detectives consider that the ringleader possesses six to eight game rooms and rents the machines for various other game rooms in the city, situated in warehouses, homes or storefronts.
Police still think of this as an effective inspection and, with the aid of the Internal Revenue Service, they anticipate releasing a supplementary investigation as well as arrest warrants.