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Police bust illegal gambling operation


WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) -- Wilmington Police have arrested 14 people in connection to an illegal gambling operation.

Police executed a search warrant last night at 501 N. 25th Street.

Investigators say almost everyone arrested had lengthy criminal histories, some involving drug arrests and violent crimes.

The following is the list of arrestees, each of whom was charged with gambling and booked at the New Hanover County Jail under a $2,000 bond:
Asun Sykes, 39
Darrell Jerome Atkinson, 41
Richard Alexander Grady, 46
Marquis Antonio Harrison, 34
Jerome Harold Brown Jr, 37
Oscar Brown Jr, 55
Reginald Pierre Brown, 53
Michael Renard Harrison, 41
James Abraham Roland, 51
Shawn Dwayne Parker, 35
Amhad Rashad Shufford, 32
Larry Jerome Rogers, 52
Patrice Nicole Grady, 30
Temeka Estelle-Shenece Howard, 35

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What was going on??

Sounds like they raided a poker game to me and poker IS NOT GAMBLING!! Its been proven to be a game of skill in many courts in this country. So WPD was this an underground casino or a poker game that amounted to a cash grab like the DOJs attack of online poker which was recently shown to be exactly that. WPD inquiring minds want to.know what "gambling" was SUPPOSEDLY going on?

This is an ongoing thing...

There has been gambling going on at this house for a long time on a nightly basis. I have friends in this neighborhood and the noise and traffic from this house has been a nuisance for well over a year. Besides that, I have heard several places around town that this was the spot to buy into a high stakes game plus other activities. It was only a matter of time before they got caught.

So it was Poker after all

Poker isnt gambling so long as the owner wasnt taking a cut/rake of the game then it doesnt qualify as a gambling establishment under the standards of federal law even. You can charge them with a noise disturbance maybe even a zoning violation but not gambling.