Sunday, February 11, 2007
Peashakes, round two
Are the feds involved?
According to Abdul Hakim-Shabazz, on the Indiana Barrister blog today, "reliable sources are saying that several Federal law enforcement agencies are looking at the city's pea shake houses for possible federal racketeering charges because of possible ties to organized crime."
Hakim-Shabazz writes, "Sources say the Government has identified nearly a dozen pea shake houses with net profits of more than $29 million, after payouts. And that is a conservative estimate. There is also reason for the federal government to believe that in addition to those profits, millions more have been funneled into financing drugs, prostitution and loan sharking. Money may have also been funneled into financing legitimate businesses in Indianapolis."
So much for State Senator Glenn Howard's comments that peashake houses don't harm nobody.
Posted by Indianapolis Observer at 4:38 PM