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Cops make 16 arrests in Elmhurst after uncovering illegal drug and gambling operation

Jan. 27, 2017 Staff Report

Police arrested 16 people in Elmhurst this week for an illegal drug and gambling operation.

The NYPD Queens Vice Squad executed two search warrants at 83-27 Broadway and 83-31 Broadway around 11 p.m. on Wednesday, discovering 18 gambling devices, cocaine, drug paraphernalia and $24,210 in cash.

Five people were arrested at 83-27 Broadway, including 50-year-old Jimmy Rombano, 47-year-old Albert Gomez, 49-year-old Chiangbiao Lin, 46-year-old Winston Pasion and 40-year-old Johanna Amancio. All were charged with criminal possession of a controlled substance, and several were charged for having methamphetamine in addition to other drugs.

The other 11 people were arrested at 82-31 Broadway, where the illegal gambling operation was located, and charged variously with Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance, promoting gambling, possession of gambling receipts and devices. Those arrested included 52-year-old Xiang Kui Lin, 27-year-old Meng Zhang, 48-year-old Henry Balabat, 25-year-old Ming Zhang, 52-year-old Antonio Sonny, 37-year-old Qing Hua Lin, 33-year-old Rong Lin, 41-year-old Zun Qiang Lin, 36-year-old Patrick Marcelo, 45-year-old Daniel Suriyanto and 44-year-old Leo Jose.

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