Illegal Gaming House identified and dismantled in Richmond

Richmond, Combined Forces Special Enforcement Unit, Drug and Organized Crime Awareness, Police Dog Services

2023-01-17 13:21 PST

On December 1st, 2022, following a comprehensive investigation headed by the Richmond RCMP Organized Crime Unit, a search warrant was executed on a suspected gaming house inside of a residential home in the 6000 block of Skaha Crescent, Richmond. Several law enforcement partner agencies, namely CFSEU-JIGIT, CFSEU-UGET, Canadian Border Services Agency (CBSA), and the LMD Police Dog Services (PDS) unit, assisted us in our investigation.

A total of 16 individuals were arrested:

During the course of the search, some of the notable items included were:

Investigators also learned that one of the caretakers of the house and one of the card dealers were non-Canadian citizens and subject to deportation.

Illegal gaming houses are one piece of the larger organized crime puzzle. This was highly successful operation by our Detachment and our partner agencies. Not only were we able to safely dismantle this gaming house but we were able to gather valuable intelligence says Staff Sergeant Patrick Damgajian, Unit Commander, Richmond RCMP Organized Crime Unit. We will continue systematically identifying and investigate all such establishments and mitigate the further spread of them in our community adds S/Sgt. Damgajian.

CFSEU-BC’s Joint Illegal Gaming Investigation Team is able to provide expertise and operational support to partner agencies investigating suspected illegal gambling houses and we often work closely with the Richmond RCMP, says Sergeant Brenda Winpenny, CFSEU-BC Media Relations Officer. Illegal gaming often has a nexus to other serious criminal offences and CFSEU-BC and our partners are collectively looking at every opportunity to work together and mitigate the negative impacts of organized crime in our communities.

Released by

Cpl. Dennis Hwang

Media Relations Officer
Richmond RCMP
11411 No. 5 Road, Richmond, BC V7A 4E8
Office: 604-207-5189


Follow Us:

Date modified: