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Ten charged in Wake gambling busts

Posted August 1, 2011

— State Division of Alcohol Law Enforcement agents charged 10 people and seized more than $187,000 in cash Friday night in raids on an illegal gambling operation in Wake County, authorities said Monday.

Complaints from neighbors prompted an ALE investigation, which authorities said uncovered a complex gambling enterprise involving sports betting and high-stakes poker that included barricaded doors, armed security and elaborate surveillance equipment.

ALE agents searched residences at 4029 Strickland Farm Road and 6909 Breckenridge Ave. in Raleigh and a cabin at 6424 Robertson Pond Road in Wendell.

In addition to the cash, agents seized poker and craps tables, computer and surveillance equipment, marijuana, drug paraphernalia and an AR-15 assault rifle.

The following people were charged with misdemeanor violations:

  • Ryan Michael Lewis, 32, of 1442 Kent Road in Raleigh, was charged with operating a game of chance at which money was bet and allowing the operation of an illegal game of chance.
  • Priestly Early Pierce, 75, of 3636 Kemp Drive in Knightdale, was charged with operating a game of chance at which money was bet and keeping and using a gaming table.
  • Justin Carl Turner, 23, of 508 Heather Drive in Raleigh, Harold William Elliot, 72, of 6909 Breckenridge Ave. in Raleigh, and Sonny Pierce, 29, of 3636 Kemp Drive in Knightdale, were all charged with operating a game of chance at which money was bet.
  • Eddie Lee Elks Jr., 56, of 602 Park Ave. in Roanoke Rapids, Donald Ray Daniels, 61, of 141 White Oak Road in Enfield, Leonard Wiggins, 73, of 823 Leggett Road in Rocky Mount, and Michael Lee Brown, 47, of 72 Shady Lake Road in Tarboro, were all charged with playing a game of chance at which money was bet.
  • Sonja Kay Stone, 50, of 5609 Laniel Court in Raleigh, was charged with allowing the operation of an illegal game of chance and operating a motor vehicle on a street or highway with an open container of alcoholic beverage after drinking.

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  • autismawareness Aug 2, 2011

    what a joke, waste of time and money.

  • Truth Time Aug 2, 2011

    Way to go ALE, get those harden criminals off the street... a lot of work for misdemeanors... plus the money always gets returned to players in court... There is no legal precedent to take it

  • Rebelyell55 Aug 1, 2011

    ?......Sounds like sour grapes!!!
    t-t. (since your monikier won't pass the censors)
    August 1, 2011 4:46 p.m.
    Nope the last time I played I won. I really enjoy texas holdem alot.

  • Ouroboros Aug 1, 2011

    sammyg, I'll call your $2 bet and raise you ten!

  • Rebelyell55 Aug 1, 2011

    GOLO member since October 17, 2008
    1st you would need a person to lobby the Rep. who has more clout and power than the Cherokee nation, who has one of the strongest in the nation. They control our rep. right now on who can have a casino. But there is hope since Gov. B is looking at the gaming indrustry for more tax revnue. They just might reverse the current law on the books.

  • no contest Aug 1, 2011

    If it wasn't for the money these cops probably wouldn't have bothered with this bust. When it comes to confiscating money the cops will walk past other crimes just to get the money.

    It is just like writing more tickets when te economy is down. Let's hear it for selective law enforcement.

  • bradcooperisinnocent Aug 1, 2011

    How do we start a movement to build a casino in Raleigh? Think of the jobs it would create to build and operate an the tax revenue and tourism dollarsit would bring in. This is a no brainer! Let's start building it soon!

  • trailer_trash Aug 1, 2011

    To RebelYell55......So how much did you lose the last time you played?......Sounds like sour grapes!!!

  • Navaho1 Aug 1, 2011

    I will always believe that the government should stay out of what I do with my money!

  • Rebelyell55 Aug 1, 2011

    While the charges are misdemeanor, don't think for minute that these are victimless crimes.