Warren police say “large sums” of money found during gambling raid of bar – Macomb Daily

Six people were arrested and thousands of dollars seized late Friday during a raid of a Warren bar where police executed a gambling raid, authorities confirmed Sunday.

The enforcement action was taken at Club Babylon on Ryan near Chicago roads. Property tax records show 71-year-old Samona Amir of Wolverine Lake is the registered agent of bar-restaurant.

“We executed a search warrant at the club where there was reportedly excessive gambling going on with poker machines, cash ledgers, gambling markers, large sums of money and other gambling paraphernalia,” said police Commissioner William Dwyer.

Investigators described the setup as a “family operation” that a total of $33,000 confiscated.

The suspects who taken into custody included four males in their 50s and two females, ages 43 and 57. They were apprehended by Warren’s patrol division and Special Investigations Division.

The suspects were released pending a meeting Tuesday between police and the Macomb County Prosecutor’s Office to decide the exact charges. As of now, they face charges of felony gambling, which is a 10-year felony upon conviction.

Warren police had an open investigation into Babylon’s operations, but recently received a complaint from a patron there that resulted in the raid, Dwyer said.

“The department did an outstanding job on this one,” Dwyer said.

Dwyer, who celebrated his second stint as Warren’s top cop for a total of eight years, said the city’s law enforcement has accomplished much in that time, including meeting its hiring goals, earning a national accreditation, and equipping officers with body-work cameras.

He also formerly served in the upper brass of the Detroit Police Department and as chief of the Farmington Hills Police Department.

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