Boise police arrest 4 in connection with illegal poker operations

July 18, 2013 

— A Boise couple, their son, and another man were arrested Tuesday night in connection with what police say is a pair of illegal gambling establishments.

Timothy J. Lough, 59, Jo Anne Lough, 60, Travis Jay Lough, 33, and David Andrew Deboer, 32, were arrested after the Boise Police Department’s vice and narcotics unit discovered the two alleged gambling houses. Deboer is a Meridian resident, and the Lough family is from Boise.

The department had received a number of tips about gambling activity going on in the 4700 and 4400 blocks of West Emerald Street in Boise. Many of the complaints were from people who lived or worked in the area, police said.

Officers serving search warrants at the two locations found poker tables, chips, cards and other gambling items. The gambling operations were run for profit, police said.

Several people who were playing when the officers arrived were cited and released, police said. The Loughs and Deboer, who police think were running the operations, were arrested.

Although both of the gambling setups were housed in leased office space on West Emerald Street, police said there is no indication they are connected.

The four suspects were booked into the Ada County Jail on misdemeanor gambling charges.

In an email to the Statesman Thursday, someone appearing to be Jo Anne Lough claimed the allegations by police are wrong. "They were playing cards for fun not profit," the email stated.

The author of the email could not be immediately reached for further comment.

Officers are investigating other possible locations of illegal gambling, police said.


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