Authorities serve warrant on illegal gambling establishment


NEW BERN, N.C. (WNCT) – Multiple law enforcement agencies were on the scene of an illegal gambling establishment on Thursday morning.

The New Bern Police Department and the Craven County Sheriff’s Office served the warrant to The Spot located at 1725 Red Robin Lane.

Two men were taken into custody as authorities searched the property. Gambling machines and money were also seized from the location.

Antonio J. Rodriguez, 24, and Edgar N. Aleman, 22, both of Greensboro were charged with several charges including gambling.

Craven County Sheriff Chip Hughes says illegal gambling establishments will not be tolerated because they harbor other illegal activity as well as assaults, shootings, and drugs.

The Sheriff’s Office, along with the New Bern Police Department, hand-delivered cease and desist letters to nearly 40 illegal gambling locations to warn them.

Sheriff Hughes says that ‘The Spot’ is the first bust and more will come in the coming days and weeks. He recommends that other illegal gambling businesses shut down operations immediately.

Agencies say this is part of a long investigation. They’ve received help from the community after various complaints.

Both suspects were sent to the Craven County Jail under a $150,000 bonds.

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