Houston Police Officer Arrested in Illegal Gambling Probe

Four more people have received gambling and money laundering charges as part of an ongoing investigation in the Chinatown area

Harris County District Attorney Kim Ogg announced Friday five people, including a Houston Police officer, have been arrested on gambling and money laundering charges, as part of an ongoing investigation by the DA’s Office and the Houston Police Department in the Chinatown area.

The DA’s Office said HPD officer Thomas Lam has been charged with providing protection for the operator of Café Thanh Quynh, an illegal gambling establishment located at 10804 Bellaire Blvd.

The café has hidden rooms where gamblers bet cash by playing gambling machines and members of the Kai Bang gang frequent the establishment. Such game rooms are considered crime drivers in the area, as they have lots of cash and are targets for robbery and violence.

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