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Gambling bust nets eight arrests

Posted August 27, 2010 11:18 a.m. EDT

— The Mount Olive Police Department and agents with the state Division of Alcohol Law Enforcement arrested eight people in Seven Springs Thursday afternoon on violations of the state gambling laws.

Authorities seized $23,700 in cash and a poker table, cards and chips from 2169 Pine View Cemetery Road.

ALE Director John Ledford said "multiple complaints" about illegal gambling prompted the investigation.

“High-stakes card games like this one are illegal in the state,” Ledford said in a statement.

Kay D. Smith, Harold Newcomb, Frankie S. Walker, Edward E. Walters, Prentice J. Newsome, John W. Smith, Ernest L. Vinson and Robert H. Davenport Jr. were charged in the case.