Police bust gambling operation in Chesapeake


by Philip Townsend


Posted on February 25, 2011 at 5:42 PM

Updated Friday, Feb 25 at 7:24 PM

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CHESAPEAKE -- Police say illegal poker games were taking place at a Chesapeake home.

The investigation began in November after a confidential informant told a Norfolk officer about the alleged gambling operation.

On Tuesday, police arrested three men -- Paul Klingbeil, Robert Lee Richardson and Galloway P. Martinez.   Each man is charged with one count of operating an illegal gambling operation.

Investigators said there were surveillance cameras, bouncers and liquor at these weekend games in the otherwise quiet neighborhood.  The home is located in the 100 block of Thrasher Road.

Games were apparently advertised through text messages and on the internet.   The informant said that Klingbeil, who lived in the home, ran as many as three poker tables with as many as 30 players at a time.

The informant also said the home would receive about 10% of every poker hand dealt.

During the execution of the search warrant, detectives confiscated about $30,000 in cash, a shotgun, six handguns, prescription drugs, marijuana.

28 people were charged with misdemeanor gambling summons.