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Six people face gambling charges after police discovered operational slots and games at two properties near the corner of West Main Street and 24th Avenue Southwest this month.

Three people were each charged Monday with a common gambling offense: Qiu Lin Zou, alias Quinlin Zou, 47; Rijin Zheng, 23, from Norman; and Zailin Jin, 21, from Flushing, New York.

Four people were each charged with one count of organizing a game of chance: Qui Zou (indicted on Wednesday) and Norman residents Zhuang Xing Zheng, 34, Silon Wang, 21, and Cong Li, 24 years, who were indicted on Monday.

According to a court affidavit, Norman police responded on July 15 at the 2200 block of West Main Street in Norman to investigate a theft report. Officers discovered two related businesses occupied by customers and employees.

After serving a search warrant, the police discovered that a location was being used for staging percentage games and gambling; the other place was XingXing Karaoke Studio. Employees were seen moving between the two locations and officers found documents relating to the properties. Agents also found operational slot machines with cash inside.

According to an affidavit for a search warrant, police were investigating the company for illegal gambling, prostitution, money laundering and illegal drug sales. However, only gambling charges have currently been filed.

According to the search warrant affidavit, police received the theft report when a person reported that employees of a company south of the karaoke studio took their cell phones and would not return it. The whistleblower group led officers to the storefront and officers saw a wall separating the storefront from the front door which had an open door in the middle.

Officers saw several gaming tables through the open door, and as the employees tried to close the door, officers made all employees leave the building.

According to the affidavit of the search warrant, officers discovered that the same employees also owned the karaoke studio, so they searched the premises. They found large televisions, sofas, copious amounts of alcohol and female lingerie, clothing and hygiene products. The employees spoke little English and the on-site investigators observed pieces compatible with a large prostitution ring.

According to the document, officers had received several complaints about storefronts in the past two months about suspicious activity between 11 p.m. and 4 a.m. In recent weeks, officers have also conducted roadside checks of vehicles leaving businesses, often finding more than $ 10,000. inside vehicles.

According to the report, a K-9 officer arrived at the scene and alerted to the smell of illegal drugs on the vehicles of four employees. Officers seized transaction receipt documents, US currency, a DVR security system, a metal vial and three pouches containing a white powdery substance, notebooks and records, slot machines and televisions.

Qiu Zou, Rijin Zheng and Jin are scheduled to appear for misdemeanor at 9 a.m. on August 24 before Special Judge Scott Brockman.

Zheng, Wang, and Li are set for a preliminary hearing conference at 9 a.m. on August 17 before Brockman.

Qiu Zou has yet to release court dates on the felony count.