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A Day Before the Big Race, 10 Are Arrested in Raids on 6 Brooklyn Horse-Betting Parlors

10 June 2002

NEW YORK -- As reported by the New York Times: ``Detectives raided six illegal horse-betting parlors in Brooklyn on Friday, a day before the Belmont Stakes, and called them the first such gambling dens uncovered in the borough in nearly a decade, officials said yesterday.

``The six large gambling operations, all in a nine-block area in the Sunset Park neighborhood, catered to Chinese bettors who wanted to wager on horse races, and investigators said they were only able to infiltrate the parlors with a Chinese-speaking undercover police detective.

``Ten people were arrested in the raids by investigators from the office of the Brooklyn district attorney, Charles J. Hynes, and the Police Department's Vice Enforcement Division, said Executive Assistant District Attorney Christopher Blank of the Rackets Division in Mr. Hynes's office.

``...Mr. Blank said none of the six parlors raided Friday appeared to be linked and the police and prosecutors had uncovered no evidence suggesting they were controlled or linked to any Chinese or more traditional organized crime group.

``Based on records recovered in the raids, he said, most of them appeared to take in about $70,000 in wagers each week on races at local horse tracks, primarily Yonkers Raceway and Belmont Park. He said the undercover detective placed bets at all six parlors.

``The authorities believe that the number of betting parlors for horse races has dropped precipitously in recent years because of the popularization of legal Off-Track Betting parlors.

``The 10 people arrested were charged with promoting gambling and possession of gambling records, the police said..."

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