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Brunswick County Sheriff's Office seizes illegal gambling machines (Photo: BCSO)

BRUNSWICK COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — The Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office seized more than 380 video gaming machines and over $250,000 cash after a several months long undercover investigation.

Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office seizes illegal gambling machines (Photo: BCSO)

The Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office arrested seven people on felony charges.

Money seized during illegal gambling investigation (Photo: BCSO)

  • Eric Leon Deal, 41, of NE 33rd St., Oak Island, is charged with possession of video gaming machines, promote, operate, or conduct server based electronic game, and gambling. Deal was booked and later released from the Brunswick County Detention Facility under a $5,000 bond.

Eric Deal (Photo: BCSO)

  • Kevin Lyle Holcombe, 45, of Cape Side Wynd, Sunset Beach, and Timothy Edward Holcombe, 49, of Culpepper Rd., Ocean Isle Beach are charged with gambling, operating five or more video gaming machines, electronic sweepstakes, continuing criminal enterprise, and felony conspiracy. Both Holcombe’s were booked in and later released from the Brunswick County Detention Facility under $30,000 bonds.

    Timothy Holcombe (Photo: BCSO)

Kevin Holcombe (Photo: BCSO)

  • Amie Lyn Gundrum-Gray, 55, of Pearl Blvd., Sunset Beach, is charged with possession of video gaming machines, promote, operate, or conduct server based electronic game, and gambling. She too was booked in and later released form the Brunswick County Detention Facility under a $15,000 bond.

Amie Gundrum Gray (Photo: BCSO)

  • Claudia Lyndsay McGowan, 36, of Deer Park, Shallotte, is charged with gambling, operating five or more video gaming machines, felony conspiracy, and continuing criminal enterprise. McGowan was processed into the Brunswick County Detention Facility later released under a $15,000 bond.

    Claudia McGowan (Photo: BCSO)

 

  • Alvin Bryan Willis, 62, of Hewett Farms Rd., SW, Shallotte, is charged with gambling, operating five or more video gaming machines, operating/possessing gambling devices, and continuing criminal enterprise. Willis was booked into the Brunswick County Detention Facility and later released under a $15,000 bond.

    Alvin Willis (Photo: BCSO)

 

  • Winfred Wesley Watson, 71, of August Dr., Clemmons, NC, is charged with gambling, operating five or more video gaming machines, felony conspiracy, and continuing criminal enterprise. Watson turned himself in to Forsyth County officials on Thursday and was issued a promise to appear in lieu of bond.

In July 2017, Superior Court Judge Ebern “Tripp” Watson, in an Onslow County Civil case, entered a Temporary Restraining Order preventing all law enforcement offices in the state from enforcing numerous NC gambling offences.

On October 13, the NC Court of Appeals ruled that Judge Watson lacked jurisdiction to issue such an order against law enforcement officers not a party to the Onslow County case. The ruling by the Court of Appeals cleared the way for BCSO to proceed with enforcement action arising from ongoing investigations.

Sixteen search warrants were executed at various locations throughout the county.

Shallotte Police Department, Ocean Isle Beach Police Department, Sunset Beach Police Department, Boiling Spring Lakes Police Department and the FBI Coastal Criminal Enterprise Task Force were assisting agencies in the investigation.

The investigation is ongoing and additional charges are expected.

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  • Reggie Hewett

    North Carolina gov is a hipaqrit .they promote gambling via N C Education lottery .but outlawed private citizens from gaming operations .time to legalize gambling .

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