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Sweepstakes crackdown continues in Cumberland

Posted March 28, 2013

— Cumberland County deputies are continuing to raid sweepstakes parlors, arresting four people Wednesday at a Hope Mills business, authorities said Thursday.

Deputies spotted several men loading more than five electronic gambling machines into a box truck outside Shamrocks Sweepstakes, at 3061 N. Main St. in Hope Mills, and arrested them.

Woodrow Inman Jr., 55, of 3036 Piney Mountain Drive in Hope Mills, was charged with operating or possessing gambling devices, operating or transporting gambling devices and possessing more than five gaming machines defined as slot machines.

Michael Thomas Hagens, 45, of 2549 Cumberland Creek Drive in Fayetteville, Jorge Santiago Perez Jr., 32, of 6390 Abbotts Park Drive in Fayetteville, and Keith Lambert Graham, 54, of 2510 Cumberland Creek Road in Fayetteville, all were charged with operating or possessing gambling devices and operating or transporting gambling devices.

All four were released from the Cumberland County jail after posting bond.

Deputies arrested five others on Tuesday during raids of three Little Vegas Sweepstakes City operations after authorities announced that they planned to start enforcing a state ban on video sweepstakes games.

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  • fivetoolkid Apr 1, 11:10 a.m.

    RowdyFriend- that is not what I said- probably should have said "most" elected officials- but regardless- politicians do what they want and we need to hold them accountable in some way. The sheriff can be voted out of office.

  • edl27516 Mar 28, 7:45 p.m.

    people should be allowed to play internet sweepstakes and real video poker if they want to. they need to be regulated to make sure the payouts are fair etc and they should have to pay taxes. how many people have been put out of work and how many businesses have been shut down and how much tax revenue has been lost because people feel the been to legislate other peoples morality? if you don't believe in gambling then don't go in to those places.

  • Rebelyell55 Mar 28, 7:24 p.m.

    If they were loading them up, shutting down the business, why would they be arrested? They're allowed to move them out and put them in storage, so long as the boards are removed, they're no longer gambling machine, just empty shells. I saw several trucks going down 421 with machines in them. I'm guess those who don't want to hassled by LEO are shutting down.

  • RowdyFriend Mar 28, 6:12 p.m.

    Hey fivetoolkid...are you saying that Sheriff Butler has lied, cheated, and stolen to stay in office? Please give examples.

    And for those who lament about all of the rapes, murders, drug deals, etc., that are happening while law enforcement is busy enforcing, you know, the laws....if you know these things are going on, you should get on the phone and call the sheriff's department and report them. Then maybe there would be less of it going on. Or, volunteer your time and your ideas in helping to stop those crimes from happening in the first place.

  • fivetoolkid Mar 28, 4:17 p.m.

    Moose Butler is a politician- an elected official who keeps getting voted into office- vote him out.. Love all his photo ops over the years of " loading" up poker machines and busting them on the sidewalk etc. He is just a man that does what HE wants bc the people of Cumberland county wont vote him out. Do yall really think he did anything at these raids- he made sure to get his photo and video taken "wheeling" out the evidence. I m tired of politicians using the office for their own views and personal agendas instead of the views of the people that voted them in. Just once I d like to see one say - you know, I m not really for this, but the people have spoken and I will go with the majority of my constituents-- that would be refreshing! Until that happens- your elected officials will lie, cheat and steal to stay in office!

  • Reformed Liberal Mar 28, 4:11 p.m.

    I am so happy we have more conservatives in NC Congress to end the regulation of this and let these businesses thrive on the free market. Right? That is the goal of conservatives right? Freedom? Less government? Less regulation? I can wait for Governor Pat to let these places start back up. He is pro business after all.

  • Minarchist Mar 28, 3:21 p.m.

    they need to shut them down in wake county... i know where there are back rooms in gas stations being used for these stupid machines and people wasting their money on them.
    The Contractor
    March 28, 2013 2:40 p.m.
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    Wasting whose money? Mind hyour business!

  • Minarchist Mar 28, 3:20 p.m.

    and thew murders, shootings, rapes, assaults, drug deals etc go on while police spend time on items like this. Congrats Republican Gov't. Great priorities
    tired2
    March 28, 2013 2:13 p.m.

    You had me until "drug deals" Why do you hate free markets? Drugs dont kill, people do.

  • wife-of-a-concrete-man Mar 28, 3:09 p.m.

    Moose Butler REALLY needs a hobby..... Why not try cracking down on the true crime here: murders, rapes, robberies... shall I go on?

  • IdoNOTliveinDurham Mar 28, 2:48 p.m.

    "and thew murders, shootings, rapes, assaults, drug deals etc go on while police spend time on items like this. Congrats Republican Gov't. Great priorities
    tired2"

    Umm.. Umm. You do realize this was passed by law in 2010 right? Do you remember who was our Governor then?

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