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Metro police seized illegal gambling machines in a cash from two restaurants and homes on Thursday. (Photos: Metro Police) Metro police seized illegal gambling machines in a cash from two restaurants and homes on Thursday. (Photos: Metro Police)
NASHVILLE, TN (WSMV) -

Nashville police shut down two illegal gambling operations Thursday night that were being operated out of cafe storefronts, according to a news release.

Police seized 19 electronic gambling machines from two restaurants after executing search warrants, capping an eight-month investigation.

The restaurants, Cafe Bar 126, 3745 Annex Ave., and Chot-Nho Cafe, 2424A Nolensville Pike, cater primarily to the area's Vietnamese residents.

Police seized 13 machines from Cafe Bar 126, alleged to be owned and operated by Tommy Hoang, 43, of Nashville, and six machines from Chot-Nho Cafe, alleged to be owned and operated by Yan Duong, 44, and his wife Lan Duong, 42, both of Nashville.

A total of $58,090 cash believed to be connected to illegal gambling was seized from the homes and businesses.

Tommy Hoang was charged with gambling promotion and possession of a gambling device, and Tan Huynh, 37, and Ngoc Huynh, 24, were charged with gambling at Cafe Bar 126.

Pham Hoang, 42, was charged with gambling and Mai Pham, 33, was charged with gambling promotion and possession of a gambling device at Chot-Nho Cafe.

Trung Yan Duong was charged with gambling promotion and possession of a gambling device, Lan Duong was charged with gambling promotion and Cong Troung Pham, 21 was charged with felony marijuana possession and possession of drug paraphernalia at the Duongs' home on Paddington Way.

Some employees at neighboring businesses said they long suspected something was happening.

"They're doing it inside the building, under the curtain where they can't see you," said Adris Hussein of nearby Auto Service and Tire Shop on Nolensville Pike. "You do something illegal and time will catch up. Yesterday was the day it caught up over there."

Hussein said the activity next door was bad for getting customers to walk in.

"We try to keep it honest, and we try to keep our customers coming," he said. "But something like this is pretty much going to shove our customers away, and that's going to make us lose money from our business."

Hussein said he was outside Thursday night when authorities executed search warrants at the businesses.

Employees at Cafe Bar 126 declined to comment on the charges Friday, but said their doors are still open. Workers at Chot-Nho Cafe only said they are currently undergoing renovations.

Hussein said he is glad the arrests were made for the sake of nearby businesses.

"This kind of stuff, we want it out of our areas," he said. "Gambling and all that, it's no good around here."

Police said the investigation is continuing with additional charges and seizures anticipated.

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