Community complaints led authorities to uncover an illegal gambling club in Huntington Station on Friday evening, police said.
Officers from Suffolk County’s Second Precinct crime section and Town of Huntington code enforcement went to the Chiquito Deli at 1962 New York Ave. around 10:15 p.m. to conduct a State Liquor Authority inspection, police said in a news release.
In the basement, the officials found about 30 people and dice tables, dice, Joker Poker machines, cash and drugs, police said.
Huntington Station resident Juan Antonio Susana Corona, 45, described by police as the manager of the deli, was arrested and charged with second-degree criminal nuisance, second-degree promoting gambling and possession of a gambling device, police said. Under the Alcohol Beverage Control Law, Corona was also charged with consumption on a licensed premise, gambling and the sale of alcohol without the appropriate license, police said. All the charges are misdemeanors, police said.
Attorney information for Corona was not immediately available. He will be arraigned on March 23, police said.
Enforcement officers also issued fire code violations, including for improper use under the town’s building code, police said. Several others were charged under Huntington Town code for open alcohol violations, police said.