Sweepstakes crackdown continues in Cumberland
Posted March 28, 2013
Hope Mills, N.C. — 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.