Local Video Gambling Parlors Raided; Machines & Cash Seized; Owners Arrested
On Thursday October 3rd, 2013, the Henderson County Sheriff’s Office with the assistance of Hendersonville Police Department executed search warrants at two 777 Sweepstakes locations in Henderson County. These search warrants and arrests resulted from a long term investigation into illegal video gaming and gabling that was taking place in these businesses. Through this investigation Detectives with the Henderson County Sheriff’s Office found the following violations of these North Carolina Statues;
- § 14-306.1A. Types of machines and devices prohibited by law; penalties. Ban on Machines. – It shall be unlawful for any person to operate, allow to be operated, place into operation, or keep in that person's possession for the purpose of operation any video gaming machine as defined in subsection (b) of this section, except for the exemption for a federally recognized Indian tribe under subsection (e) of this section for whom it shall be lawful to operate and possess machines as listed in subsection (b) of this section if conducted in accordance with an approved Class III Tribal-State Compact applicable to that tribe, as provided in G.S. 147-12(14) and G.S. 71A-8.
§ 14-292. Gambling. Except as provided in Chapter 18C of the General Statutes or in Part 2 of this Article, any person or organization that operates any game of chance or any person who plays at or bets on any game of chance at which any money, property or other thing of value is bet, whether the same be in stake or not, shall be guilty of a Class 2 misdemeanor. This section shall not apply to a person who plays at or bets on any lottery game being lawfully conducted in any state.
The owner /operators of the 777 Sweepstakes located at 4193 Haywood Road, Mills River, NC 28759, Thomas Albert Guthke 43 and Tina Jacobs Guthke 47 of 98 Spicebush Ct., Hendersonville, N.C. were indicted by a Grand Jury for the above violations along with the owner / operator 777 Sweepstakes located at 620 Upward Road, Hendersonville, N.C. Patricia Thomason 62 of 33000 Hwy 29 Greer, S.C.
Deputies located 37 video gaming machines at the Mills River location and 33 video gaming machines at the Upward Road location. Cash proceeds from both locations were also seized by Deputies.
Thomas Guthke, Tina Guthke and Patricia Thomason were held in the Henderson County Detention Center under a $1,000.00 secured bond.