Police charge Duluth woman for running gambling operation out of home

by: Kerry Kavanaugh Updated:

Police said they seized four gambling machines and cash they found inside the home. Photo courtesy of the Gwinnett Police Department.

DULUTH, Ga. - Police in Gwinnett County said they busted a full-fledged gambling operation inside a local home in the middle of the day.

Neighbors told Channel 2's Kerry Kavanaugh limos and cars would fill the cul-de-sac in the quiet Duluth neighborhood off Old Norcross Road.

"My son went over and said, 'Look, do y'all have a business over here, because you know it's illegal,'" neighbor Cindy Murray said.

Murray said she didn't know what was going on inside her next-door neighbor's home. But she said people were constantly coming and going.

"All day it was just older ladies all day long," Murray said.

She said since 2010, she's watched women flock to the house. She said their cars lined Michael Circle and often blocked her driveway.

Then, Murray said limos started showing up.

"The limos wouldn't park. They would just pull up (and) drop off the ladies. They would go in for a couple of hours and the limos would come back down and they would get back in," Murray said.

Murray said she never called police, but eventually someone did.

"We received an anonymous complaint from a concerned citizen regarding gambling," Detective James Flanagan with the Gwinnett County Police Department said.

Gwinnett police said the person was concerned her husband was spending too much time gambling at the home.

Investigators said they moved in Monday afternoon.

"After a brief investigation and detectives getting involved, we were able to seize several gaming or gambling devices, electronic gambling devices," Flanagan said.

Police emailed Kavanaugh photos of four gambling machines and cash they said they found inside the home.

Officers arrested Mi Hui Yi, 55. She's charged with keeping a gambling place, commercial gambling, and possession of gambling devices.

While Kavanaugh was outside the home Wednesday another woman pulled into the driveway. She said she came to see a friend and didn't know anything about any gambling operation.

"I just come here to visit," the woman told Kavanaugh.

According to the Gwinnett County Jail docket a half a dozen more people were arrested in the area with very similar charges.

Police were not able to confirm if they were all related.

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