A popular Chinese restaurant in Southlake is linked to suspected illegal activities at a Dallas massage business that has been shut down, Dallas police say.
A search warrant was executed on Wednesday at the Dragon House in Southlake, which Dallas police say is directly linked to the owners and management of the Jade Spa in Dallas.
Several Jade Spa officials are accused of prostitution and organized criminal activity. Authorities also believe Jade Spa officials were involved in sex trafficking.
Dallas Police Major Max Geron said operations like the Dallas one are hard to find because they don’t stand out.
“It may look like an abandoned building,” Geron said at a press conference Thursday afternoon in Dallas. “But these operators keep it to themselves. Customers remain silent. It is not like a violent crime.
Dallas Police said the Dragon House restaurant in Southlake was financially linked to Jade Spa’s alleged illegal activities.
“The restaurant paid the bills on the accounts on behalf of the spa,” said Geron.
Officials at Dragon House, which is in the 2600 block of E. Southlake Blvd, could not be reached on Thursday for comment, and they posted on their website that the restaurant is temporarily closed.
In addition to the House of the Dragon, Dallas Police and other area agents on Wednesday executed search warrants in Grapevine, Carrollton, Dallas, Arlington and Irving.
Geron said some of the places were houses.
Warrants have been executed at several North Texas banks, and approximately $ 370,000 related to the transaction has been seized and / or frozen. Five vehicles were confiscated along with several weapons at various locations in North Texas, authorities said.
Authorities have also executed arrest warrants against people involved in the financing and operation of Jade Spa in Dallas. Those arrested were Unlu Gurpinar, 64; Chung Shendelman, 62; Yong Suk Brown, 61; Yong Bei-Wang-Murphy, 51; Jae Jasmin Lee, 48 years old; and Sangchan Byun, 41 years old.
Three other suspects are still at large, Dallas police said.
At least six people were arrested by police at the locations of the search warrants, and authorities were working to identify them and provide support to victims of trafficking. Of the six, most were Asian women, Dallas police said.
City of Dallas attorneys have obtained a temporary injunction to prevent Jade Spa from reopening, as city of Dallas officials revoked the company’s certificate of occupancy.
This week’s search and arrest warrants stem from a Dallas Police investigation into the Jade Spa, 2006 Market Center in Dallas, in February. Detectives determined that prostitution was taking place inside the company and surveillance indicated the possibility of sex trafficking.
Over the next few months, detectives broadened their investigation to identify investors, owners and operators of the Dallas business.
Dragon House is a popular Chinese restaurant in Southlake, according to Yelp, which awarded it four stars while praising the dumplings.
Dragon House officials have announced their temporary closure, according to the Dragon House website. The Yelp website says Dragon House is scheduled to reopen on November 30.
This story was originally published October 31, 2019 10:28 am.