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Submitted by WWAY on Thu, 05/10/2007 - 8:44am.

WILMINGTON -- Tips led authorities to an illegal gambling ring in Wilmington. Wednesday the New Hanover County Sheriff's Department confiscated several video poker machines, more than $20,000 in cash and weapons in a house on the corner of 13th and Wright in Wilmington. After numerous citizen complaints the Sheriff's Department thought it was time to put a stop to it. Capt. B.D. Blackman said, "A lot of people realize this place could contain a lot of money. So you just have to keep in mind that you don't want innocent people to be hurt and you want to make sure citizens are taken care of here in New Hanover County." Authorities arrested George Nixon, Lawrence Mungin, Hiroshima Joye and Aretha Merleme. The investigation is still on-going.

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