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Boise Police Raid Gambling Operation
Boise, Idaho ( KMVT-TV / KTWT-TV ) - Boise police arrested four people last night breaking up what appears to be alleged illegal gambling. David Deboer, 32 of Meridian, Jo Anne Lough 60, of Boise, Timothy Lough 59 of Boise and Travis Lough 33 of Boise were all charged with Gambling.
"We heard from people who live and work near these locations who had strong feelings illegal activity was happening, and they didn't want to be near it or associated with it," said Sgt. Mike Harrington of the Boise Police Vice-Narcotics Unit.
Boise Police began receiving tips about possible illegal gambling operations at two locations about one month ago. The citizen tips and complaints came in through various sources including Crime Stoppers.
Members of the Boise Police Vice-Narcotics Unit began an investigation based on the citizen complaints. Tuesday evening, July 16th, officers served search warrants on two locations; the 4400 block of W. Emerald Street and the 4700 block of W. Emerald Street. Although both locations are leased office spaces on W. Emerald, officers do not believe the two operations are connected.
Inside the operations officers found poker tables, chips, cards, and ongoing poker games where the facilitator accepted cash for poker chips in an apparent for-profit gambling operation. Several people were found participating in the games and were cited and released on misdemeanor gambling charges. Officers arrested four people based on evidence they were running the illegal games. Deboer was arrested at the 4700 block of W. Emerald location. Three members of the Lough family, a husband, wife and son were arrested at the 4400 block of W. Emerald location.