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Durham deputies raid Internet sweepstakes café

Posted December 6, 2013
Updated December 31, 2014

Min Jung Song

EDITOR'S NOTE: The charges against Jin Sok So were dismissed March 20, 2014.

DURHAM, N.C. —Durham County sheriff’s deputies said they warned the owner of an illegal Internet sweepstakes café several times before raiding the facility Thursday and shutting it down.

The owner and manager of the café, named University Business Center, were arrested following the 11 a.m. raid, and three customers inside were given misdemeanor citations for gambling.

The owner, Jin Sok So, 57, of the 2900 block of Adwoodley Place in Raleigh, and the manager, Min Jung Song, 32, of the 300 block of Cobblestone Court in Chapel Hill, were both charged with gambling, operating electronic sweepstakes and operating more than five gaming machines – all felonies.

Both were released from the Durham County jail on a $5,000 bond.

“Mr. So and his employees were warned multiple times in person by deputies that the business needed to close,” Sheriff Mike Andrews said in a statement Friday. “He was warned that we would shut the place down, make arrests, and seize money and equipment if necessary. He chose to ignore the warnings and now he is facing felony charges,”

During the raid, deputies seized 47 computers, $9,520 in cash, prescription narcotics, and hundreds of W-2G tax forms, used for reporting certain gambling winnings, with names and personal information on them. Andrews said additional investigations into the drugs and tax forms are pending.

Sheriff’s deputies previously raided H&S Sweepstakes in April, and Big Pay Day Sweepstakes and EZ Biz Sweepstakes in May.


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  • iron fist Dec 6, 2013

    the state on NC was not getting a share of the profits.

  • chairmannc Dec 6, 2013

    I feel so much safer now that these "criminals" are off the street. Give me a break.....spend time arresting those that really need arresting.

  • 11of10 Dec 6, 2013

    "three customers inside were given misdemeanor citations for gambling."
    Isn't that what everyone is doing everytime they buy a lottery ticket.

  • remer54 Dec 6, 2013

    Welcome to the coming NWO. Law enforcement is getting out of hand all over the country.

  • fivetoolkid Dec 6, 2013

    JUst a quick check on the past 24 hours arrests:
    Breaking and Entering $5,000 bond
    Assault on Female $1500 bond
    7 (seven) DWI arrests- all $1500 bond
    Felony cocaine had a $0.00 bond.
    All that info from last 24 hour arrest report Durham county - so I would say a $5,000 bond a lot actually when compared to DWI's and assault on female and Breaking and entering. They will be found not guilty if it even gets that far- the product they are using does not violate any NC statute. It is so simple. The games in question were not even invented at the time the statute banning them was written.

  • mac240 Dec 6, 2013

    Durham is a safer place now!

  • mafiamic Dec 6, 2013

    If they were felonies,why release them and for that small amount?.That is pocket change for them.

  • Tax Man Dec 6, 2013

    I can understand this - bust a few internet cafes where people sit in front of computers and spend their own money but don't have guns and are not in gangs - OR get out on the street and chase down those murderers, rapists, robbers, gang members, drug dealers, prostitutes, and other felons. It is much safer to hit the low level gambling places then to go out where the real crime is! And you can waste your money on Lottery tickets at every store in town. Just legalize gambling and charge a 2% fee for the state/city/county and let the cops go after the true criminals.

  • Phyxius1 Dec 6, 2013

    With all the serious violent crime issues facing Durham, raiding an Internet sweepstakes café seems to be a complete misapplication of law enforcement resources.
    \ westernwake1

    The have been raiding these all over the state so its not a Durham specific issue of the crime rate there vs sweepstake raids.

  • westernwake1 Dec 6, 2013

    With all the serious violent crime issues facing Durham, raiding an Internet sweepstakes café seems to be a complete misapplication of law enforcement resources.