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19 charged in Durham sweepstakes café raid

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Quiang Zheng, 56, of 1838 Glendale Ave., Philadelphia, Pa., was arrested and charged with two counts of felony operating more than five video gaming machines and two counts of felony operating an electronic sweepstakes. Quiang Zheng, 56, of 1838 Glendale Ave., Philadelphia, Pa., was arrested and charged with two counts of felony operating more than five video gaming machines and two counts of felony operating an electronic sweepstakes.
DURHAM, N.C. -

The Durham Sheriff's Office said deputies raided an internet sweepstakes café on Westgate Drive Thursday night.

Deputies raided Sweepstakes City, located at 3400 Westgate Drive, around 9 p.m. after an undercover investigation determined the café was continuing to operate despite receiving multiple warnings to close, the sheriff's office said.

Authorities found 18 customers, several employees, and hundreds of gaming computers.

Quiang Zheng, 56, of 1838 Glendale Ave., Philadelphia, Pa., was arrested and charged with two counts of felony operating more than five video gaming machines and two counts of felony operating an electronic sweepstakes.

Zheng, who was manager of Sweepstakes City, is being held in the Durham County Jail under a $10,000 bond.

"Sweepstakes City is the fifth Internet café my deputies have shut down since April. Despite what sweepstakes owners and customers might believe, these establishments are illegal," Durham County Sheriff Mike Andrews said.

A total of 12 slot machines, 89 network-based gaming computer monitors and $20,359 cash were seized, according to the sheriff's office.

Durham authorities charged 18 customers with misdemeanor gambling. The customers were charged on-site and released, the sheriff's office said.

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