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Authorities Bust Johnston County Casino

Posted September 8, 2007 10:36 p.m. EDT
Updated September 9, 2007 12:51 a.m. EDT

— State agents and sheriff's deputies made a major bust when they raided a make-shift casino in Johnston County on Saturday night.

The raid occurred at what Johnston County Sheriff Steve Bizzell described as an illegal poker operation in a building on Bear Road, off N.C. Highway 242 South, near Benson.

Officers arrested 70 people and seized thousands of dollars, along with numerous gambling tables. The operation included professional gamblers from out of state, Bizzell said.

The state Alcohol Law Enforcement agency conducted the investigation into the gambling operation. Johnston County sheriff's deputies assisted when ALE agents executed a search warrant at the building.