The arraignment of seven men charged in what police say was an illegal gambling and drug operation that included a Pike/Pine card room known as “The Yard” is scheduled for Wednesday morning at the King County Courthouse.
The charges stem from an undercover investigation of Seattle card rooms that surfaced after a SWAT raid at the Winston Apartment building at the corner of Pike and 11th in 2009. Rick Wilson, the man authorities say headed the operation, has already faced federal prosecution, but an interesting new sub-plot emerged earlier this week when the Seattle PI reported an FBI investigation that revealed Wilson’s efforts to smuggle 23 guns to Chiapas rebels.
One of the seven charged is artist D.K. Pan, now curator of the Sound Transit public art program at the Broadway light rail station construction site. Prosecutors say Pan served as a “COO” or chief operations officer of the illegal gambling operation.