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Salt Lake City police raided three buildings, arrested two men and seized drugs in an illegal gambling sweep Wednesday night.
Starting about 11 p.m., officers interrupted covert poker games to serve no-knock warrants at two homes and a business, said Detective Lisa Pascadlo.
They found 14 suspected players and two suspected dealers. Officers seized poker tables, "a large amount" of poker chips, playing cards, prescription narcotics, marijuana, hashish, drug paraphernalia, a pistol, ammunition, cash and three vehicles, according to a press release.
"This is definitely not your backyard bunch of friends come over. It's being run as a commercial operation," Pascadlo said.
Officers raided a business at 155 S. Main St. and two homes at 2910 E. Fort Union and 643 E. 4350 South. The raids were part of a money laundering and gambling investigation by the department's narcotic unit.
The three locations "are connected in some way, but I'm not sure what the nexus is there," Pascadlo said.
The two 35-year-old men suspected of being dealers were arrested on suspicion of illegal gambling and other charges. The Salt Lake County District Attorney's Office will screen charges against the pair and the 14 suspected players.