February 2, 2019 10:31 pm
Updated: February 3, 2019 2:28 am

$4M Shaughnessy home raided in connection with illegal gambling investigation

WATCH: A West Side Vancouver home recently assessed at nearly $4 million was raided by B.C.'s Combined Forces Special Enforcement Unit Friday night in connection with an illegal gaming investigation. It comes after a similar bust on the same date last year. Kristen Robinson reports.


On Friday night police descended on a home in Shaughnessy assessed at nearly $4 million, over alleged links to an illegal gambling operation.

The Combined Forces Special Enforcement Unit (CFSEU) confirms it was assisted by Vancouver police in the execution of a search warrant at a home off Granville Street at 1450 W 37th Ave.

The CFSEU said the warrant was in relation to an illegal gaming investigation, but would not share any further information.

READ MORE: Police break up alleged illegal Vancouver gambling den, 1 man charged

The CFSEU is in charge of B.C.’s specialized anti-gaming task force, the Joint Illegal Gaming Investigation Team (JIGIT).

A man who said he was the homeowner and identified himself as “Russel” declined to go on camera, but told Global news about 40 heavily armed police officers had entered the home and confiscated his card table and cell phone.

Russell Lim is due in court next month to face charges related to a raid at another alleged illegal gaming house last February.

Russel Lim / Facebook

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He said he was just playing cards with friends and that they were doing nothing wrong.

READ MORE: 9 people arrested in network connected to illegal gaming houses and money laundering in B.C.

He also told Global News another place of his near Clark and Hastings has been raided last year, an event he characterized as a misunderstanding.

A year ago to the day, on Feb. 2, 2018, the CFSEU and JIGIT raided an alleged illegal gambling operation known as “Se7enhaus” in a commercial property in the 1200-block of East Hastings.

Online ads for the room showed poker game buy-ins for up to $340.

Charges of keeping a gaming or betting house against a man named Russel Lim were announced in September in connection with that raid.

Court documents show Lim is due back in court next month.

-With files from Kristen Robinson

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