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Ten charged in illegal lottery operation

Posted March 19, 2010

— The state Division of Alcohol Law Enforcement and Raleigh police have charged 10 people with various drug, alcohol and gambling charges after searching six Raleigh homes last week, authorities said Friday.

Nearly $14,000 in cash and two vehicles were seized during the March 12 searches, authorities said.

“Illegal lotteries are organized criminal operations that entice victims to put their faith in a gambling system that is not sanctioned or guaranteed,” Jeff Lasater, ALE special agent-in-charge, said in a statement. “These types of enterprises spawn other crimes, such as alcohol and drug offenses, as was the case in this investigation.”

Rinsinord Raynor, 46, of 2904 Riverbrooke Drive, was charged with six counts of gambling offenses related to operating an illegal lottery and one count each of possessing cocaine, marijuana and non-tax-paid alcohol. Raynor’s 2002 Ford F-150 was seized, along with $3,983 in cash.

Lindsey Tyrone Parker, 61, of 2204 Canterbury Road in Kinston, was charged with operating an illegal lottery, possessing illegal lottery tickets and gambling. Agents seized his 2003 Lincoln Town Car, $9,993 in cash and documents that investigators say showed the operation of an illegal lottery.

Charles Isam Lyon, 73, and Cynthia Annette Branch, 52, both of 657 Coleman St. in Raleigh, were charged with selling illegal lottery tickets, gambling, operating an illegal lottery and possessing illegal lottery tickets. Lyon also was charged with possessing marijuana and possessing drug paraphernalia.

Roy Chester Campbell, 57, of 1414 Boyer St. in Raleigh, was charged with gambling, operating an illegal lottery, possessing illegal lottery tickets and selling illegal lottery tickets. Frederick Antoine Eaton, 34, of the same address, was charged with possessing drug paraphernalia.

Robert Allan Reid, 50, of 627 Rawls Drive in Raleigh, was charged with possessing alcoholic beverages for sale without an ABC permit and selling illegal lottery tickets. Kevin Earl Pretty, 40, of 1212 Bentley Lane in Raleigh, was charged with possessing illegal lottery tickets, operating an illegal lottery and gambling.

Emory Morrell, 60, of 2701 Owl Tree Court in Raleigh, was charged with operating an illegal lottery and gambling. Betty Jean Frazier, 62, of 1003 Hadley Road in Raleigh, was charged with selling illegal lottery tickets and operating an illegal lottery.

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  • meh2 Mar 19, 3:22 p.m.

    Sounds like an apt description of the NC "education" lottery.

  • Killian Mar 19, 2:47 p.m.

    “Illegal lotteries are organized criminal operations that entice victims to put their faith in a gambling system that is not sanctioned or guaranteed,"

    There is a sentence missing here: "Because unless we, the government, can tax them, it has to be illegal!"

  • drh3102 Mar 19, 12:51 p.m.

    I don't understand what an Illegal lottery is?

  • DisgustedNC Mar 19, 12:33 p.m.

    The government has the best vices for sale. Alcohol and lotteries.

  • 1 of the original Americans Mar 19, 12:25 p.m.

    isnt this what they reffered to as running numbers??

  • jesmyopinion Mar 19, 12:18 p.m.

    Only the state can promote gambling - private industry is not capable of doing this!!!

  • JustOneGodLessThanU Mar 19, 12:18 p.m.

    How do church "raffles" differ from the illegal lottery charges mentioned above?

    Don’t they also sell tickets and “entice victims to put their faith in a gambling system that is not sanctioned or guaranteed”?

  • OSX Mar 19, 12:10 p.m.

    “Illegal lotteries are organized criminal operations that entice victims to put their faith in a gambling system that is not sanctioned or guaranteed,"

    There odds of winning were probably a lot better than the state lottery. So it sounds like to me their faith was probably in the right place.