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The Cape Fear region saw 18 businesses raided by a statewide sting on video gaming machines.

N.C. Alcohol Law Enforcement agents seized hundreds of illegal machines, cocaine and more than $1 million in cash in the raid code-named “Cannonball.” No arrests were made, a release said

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Yellow crime-scene tape stretched across the two entrances to EPCO 3-Way Food Mart at Dunn and Murphy roads in Eastover, the lone spot targeted in Cumberland County. Similar scenes played out from the mountains to the coast at 115 locations raided by ALE agents, the release said.

Lawmen from the sheriff’s offices in Cumberland, Robeson, Scotland and Moore counties, and the Sanford Police Department assisted ALE agents in the Cape Fear region. Five businesses were raided in Robeson County, one in Scotland, three in Sanford and nine in Moore County, six of which had addresses in Southern Pines.

“The raids today are a wake-up call to businesses that provide illegal video gaming,” Mark Senter said in the release. He leads the headquarters office in Raleigh.

ALE agents interacted with illegal gaming machines at all of the 115 locations that were a part of the operation. One location in Robeson County was raided solely by the Sheriff’s Office, the release said.

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Most of the locations held permits with both the ABC Commission and N.C. Education Lottery, the release added. Complaints from residents and law enforcement officers triggered the selection of businesses to raid.

In Eastover at the EPCO, two illegal gaming machines were seized. Two lawmen wheeled the machines out on a dolly, in two trips, and loaded them into the back of a U-Haul truck.

Several people turned into the parking lot, asking what was happening and if everyone was OK. Cumberland County Sheriff Moose Butler said in a news release that he believes the county will be better off without the machines.

Butler has been one of North Carolina’s most ardent gambling opponents over the years.

“I strongly support and will endeavor to work jointly with ALE and other law enforcement agencies in this operation in the ongoing efforts to enforce the gambling laws of North Carolina,” Butler said. “I commend these agencies for their unwavering devotion in the face of an industry and individuals who continually without hesitation violate or attempt to find some type of loophole to evade these laws.”

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In addition to the anticipated bill regulating electronic sweepstakes promotions that was filed by Representative Harry Warren (R-Rowan), Representative Chris Malone (R-Wake) also filed a major piece of legislation today that will regulate and tax internet cafés. switchMalone’s bill clarifies the law regarding internet cafés by regulating and taxing these small businesses. The bill als

ensures that all café owners are required to be approved for an operator’s license by the North Carolina Department of Commerce. A vendor’s license will also be required for all software vendors. “Small business owners in North Carolina deserve a high degree of certainty and consistency in their interactions with state government and local law enforcement,” said Representative Malone. “This bill creates a more positive business environment for entrepreneurs who choose

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to open and operate internet cafés in North Carolina. The positive economic impact and government revenues these businesses generate are assets to our state.” Former Senator Thom Goolsby, spokesman for the North Carolina Small Business Coalition, said, “The introduction of Representative Malone’s legislation signifies a new beginning in the relationship hb 922between state government and internet café owners. With thousands of good, private sector jobs on the line, it is certainly time to regulate, tax and support these small businesses, just as we would any other industry.”

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KINSTON, N.C. –Democratic State Representative George Graham wants to understand why the sweepstakes laws aren’t being enforced in Lenoir County.He plans to

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meet with Lenoir County leaders to discuss his concerns on why sweepstakes cafes operating in the county after lawmakers passed a law banning them in 2010.

 

“If they are operating and they are in compliance with the law, then I don’t have a problem with it,” says Rep. Graham, who represents the county.

Major Ryan Dawson of the Lenoir County Sheriff’s Office said the District Attorney concluded that since the games have a “Pre-Reveal” function which tell a player before he plays if they’re going to win a prize then “its not a game of chance because . “You know what the end result is going to be.”

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Five people were arrested for operating video poker machines in a Pink Hill home based on that same argument. Since video poker machines do not have a “pre-reveal” feature, they’re basedon the concept of “chance” which is part of  the definition of gambling, Dawson said

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Pitt and Onslow county cracked down on sweepstakes parlors, interpreting the law to state sweepstakes are a game of chance. Operators in those counties have begun to convert to the new type of “Swill Games” which is said to combine sweepstakes and skill based games.

Major Dawson said the current law is too open for interpretation which is why his office wants lawmakers to clarify it.

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“If you can eliminate that when you’re writing the laws, then it will help eliminate a lot of the fiasco that comes after it,” he said.

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5 Arrested After Poker Machine Bust in Lenoir County

Lenoir County, North Carolina  A total of 5 people have been charged by Lenoir County Sheriff’s Office in connection to video poker machines found at a residence.

Sheriff Deputies received a tip that led them to a home on Potters Hills Road on July 2. They say they found illegal “pot of gold” machines and marijuana.

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Sheriff Ronnie Ingram stated, “we will shut down any illegal gambling operations that we find in Lenoir County.  Additionally, based on the guidance given by the District Attorney’s office, we will continue compliance checks to assure all other gaming businesses are operating under current legal standards.”

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Pending drug test results from the State Crime Laboratory additional charges are a possibility.

Here are a list of the charges :

Christopher Michael Brown, 35, of 6526 Potters Hill Road, Pink Hill was charged with playing/operating video poker machines.

Amanda Kelly Brown, 32, of 6526 Potters Hill Road, Pink Hill was charged with playing/operating video poker machines and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Alexis Nicole Saunders, 20, of 1684 NC Hwy. 111, Chinquapin was charged with playing/operating video poker machine.

Jessica Lynne Foy, 23, of 1864 NC Hwy. 111, Chinquapin was charged with playing/operating video poker machines.

Jonathan Michael Dew, 29, of Beulaville was charged with possession of ½ ounce or less of marijuana and playing/operating video poker machine.

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