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Lee County Authorities Bust Illegal Casino

Posted January 10, 2007

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— Alcohol, cash, poker chips and full-scale gambling tables have been seized from a hidden room in a Sanford garage, authorities said.

Michael Dana Anderson, 50, of 482 Bullard Road in Harnett County, was charged with possession of gaming tables and selling liquor without a license.

After receiving several tips, Lee County deputies raided Kendale Service Center at 1507 S. Horner Blvd. and confiscated eight cases of poker chips, cards, poker tables, $275 in cash, an illegal slot machine and bottles of liquor.

"It had the appearance that it was an active gambling casino," Lee County Sheriff Tracy Carter said. "I'm sure he knew (the gaming tables) were illegal, but he does now if he didn't."

One of the gaming tables was so large that deputies had to have Anderson remove one of his walls so they could get it out.

Two legal video poker machines also were in the back room at the garage.

"We were really shocked that right across the street from the courthouse and the sheriff's office that we had that kind of gaming going on," said Sandra Trogdon, who lives nearby. "We couldn't exactly figure out when they were doing it because we didn't see that much extra business during the day."

An employee at Kendale Service Center said they were just storing the tables at the business. Anderson said he's planning to fight the misdemeanor charges.

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  • dhtr74 Jan 11, 2007

    Anderson lives in Harnett county, the bust was in Lee County. Have you not thought that this may have just been a way to get their foot in the door?
    I know what goes on in this town.

  • Lovinlif Jan 11, 2007

    I would tend to agree with Bill52674. There are far more serious crimes everywhere. If a guy is having a drink and wasting money on cards, he's not out molesting a child or commiting a murder.

  • bill52674 Jan 11, 2007

    I'm sure there's more serious crime in Harnett Co that the sherriff could be working on than people playing cards. Its a misdemeanor anyway. How about cracking down on illegal immigrants or drug dealers???

  • hdsoftail Jan 11, 2007

    Were they bothering anybody if they were playing cards? Big deal.

  • loveforlynsey Jan 11, 2007

    Lee County needed a new Sheriff in town, many years ago.

  • Peacefulwarrior Jan 11, 2007

    I know this guy personally. His brother was my landlord and He Mike lived next door. His brother Terry was arrested for stolen construction equipment and posession last yr. Terri works for Kendale service center also. One of the other employees came to my house one night looking for money so he could cater to his "addiction". So this arrest dosent surprise me. Glad they are cracking down on the idiots!

  • revmic7 Jan 10, 2007

    This is just another reminder that a new sheriff is in town and the days of the "good ole boys are over"