Charges dismissed after undercover operation reveals alleged illegal gambling at Norfolk vape lounge

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Alleged illegal gambling at Lucky Vape Lounge in Norfolk. (Photo courtesy: Norfolk police)

UPDATE Sept. 14, 2021: The charge against Ann P. Baker was dismissed on Sept. 14, 2021. The charges against Major J. Riley III were also dismissed.


ORIGINAL STORY: NORFOLK, Va. (WAVY) — Norfolk police say an undercover operation revealed alleged illegal gambling at a local business on Little Creek Road.

Police said they seized multiple illegal gaming stations, computers, and approximately $1,600 from Lucky Vape Lounge located at 1202 E. Little Creek Road after executing a search warrant around 11:30 a.m. Wednesday.

Two people are also facing charges: Ann P. Baker, 53, of Portsmouth, and Major J. Riley III, 64, of Chesapeake, are charged with possessing an illegal gambling device.

Riley is also charged with carrying a concealed weapon.

Police said they received reports of illegal gambling and suspicious behavior taking place at the location.

Lucky Vapes does sell some convenience products too. The business does have an active Virginia ABC license, according to Virginia ABC. The license means they can have up to eight registered skill games.

There are more than eight gaming terminals, as seen in Norfolk police photos. The required yellow certificate from Virginia ABC certifying the game is being taxed $1,200 a month cannot be seen on any machine.

The Norfolk Police Department continues its efforts to identify illegal gambling activity taking place inside of businesses and encourages the reporting of suspicious activity.

Those with information can submit an anonymous tip by calling 1-888-LOCK-U-UP, downloading the P3 tips app to a mobile device, or visiting www.P3tips.com and submitting a tip.

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