On January 14, vice cops fanned out across East Dallas and descended on a half dozen aging storefronts in crappy, low-rent strip centers: one off Columbia Avenue a mile east of Deep Ellum, another where Garland Road transitions from isn't-it-nice-to-be-near-White-Rock-Lake! to all-beauty-has-been-extinguished-from-the-world, the rest along Ferguson Road. Later, they visited a much nicer locale -- a quarter-million dollar custom home in a newish Grand Prairie subdivision, complete with a front-yard fountain and turret. Their target: a minor local video gambling empire allegedly operated by 45-year-old Thuy Kha, aka "Tweety," and her boyfriend, Duc Tu Nguyen, aka "Andy."
Police had been investigating the couple for the better part of a year. On April 29 last year, vice cops made their first undercover visit, a detective visiting a Ferguson Road game room for a few rounds of "Spin Jack 21." While he played, he watched surreptitiously as Kha moved from machine to machine, opening them up to remove the cash. When she was done, she drove away in a silver 2004 Mercedes.More »