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4 arrested as part of 'Operation Un-Lucky Charms' in Onslow County

JACKSONVILLE, N.C. (WNCT) - Four people have been arrested as part of 'Operation Un-Lucky Charms' in Onslow County.

On Wednesday, the Onslow County Sheriff's Office along with the North Carolina Division of Alcohol Law Enforcement and the Naval Criminal Investigative Service executed four search warrants at retail outlets as part of 'Operation Un-Lucky Charms'.

Simultaneously, the Swansboro Police Department executed two search warrants within the city limits of Swansboro.  

According to officials, search warrants were served at:

  • “222 Games” located on 4441 Richlands Highway in Jacksonville
  • “Blue-Building” 3102 Freedom Way in Hubert
  • “Half Dollar Café” 570 Sand Ridge Road in Hubert
  • “Back Gate Skilled Arcade” 751 Highway 172 in Hubert.   

Officials said that the search at “222 Games,” resulted in locating 69 video gaming machines and $31,113 suspected to be proceeds of illegal gambling.

Investigators arrested Gene E. Moore Jr., 41, of Jacksonville, for a variety of gambling-related violations.

Moore was charged with:

  • Felony operating, possess or store more than five cabinet video gaming machines
  • Felony operating, possess or store more than five computer video gaming machines
  • Felony operating, posses or store more than five fish table video gaming machines
  • Misdemeanor gambling
  • Misdemeanor allow gambling in public house of entertainment
  • Misdemeanor operate or possess slot machines
  • Misdemeanor possess or consume fortified wine on premises without a permit
  • Unlawful possession of fortified wine without a permit
  • Misdemeanor possession of marijuana
  • Misdemeanor possession of drug paraphernalia
  • Felony possession of a firearm by a felon
  • Bond: $26,000

The search at “Blue Building,” resulted in locating 54 video gaming machines and $20,251 suspected to be proceeds of the gambling crimes taking place at the property.

Investigators arrested Chandra A. Wright, 55, of Jacksonville, for a variety of gambling-related violations.

Wright was charged with:

  • Felony operating, possess or store more than five cabinet video gaming machines
  • Felony operating, possess or store more than five Pot-O-Gold video gaming machines
  • Felony manufacture or sell more than five slot machines
  • Misdemeanor gambling
  • Misdemeanor allow gambling in public house of entertainment 
  • Misdemeanor operate or possess slot machines
  • Misdemeanor possession of non-tax paid spiritous liquor
  • Misdemeanor unauthorized possession of fortified wine or liquor on a retail outlet premises
  • Bond: $23,000

The search at “Half Dollar Café,” resulted in locating 24 video gaming machines and $2,700.96 suspected to be proceeds of illegal gambling.

The investigation is ongoing and arrests are expected.

The search at “Back Gate Skilled Arcade,” resulted in locating 43 video gaming machines and $3,322.90 suspected to be proceeds of illegal gambling.

The investigation is ongoing and arrests are expected.

The Swansboro police conducted a search warrant at “Spy Shop” and “Hwy24 Tobacco".

Police said they found additional video gaming machines. 

Sami Yahya-Saleh Al Manari, 26, of Stella, was charged with:

  • Felony operating, possess or store more than five computer video gaming machines.
  • Bond: $7,000

Amanda I. Sewell, 31, of Swansboro was charged with:

  • Felony operating, possess or store more than five computer gaming machines 
  • Bond: $2,500

Police said they found 13 machines and approximately $12,000.

The Investigation is on-going and additional arrests are expected.

According to officials, the investigation started when information was received that the locations were operating slot machines and other illegal gaming devices in violation of North Carolina Law.  

A total of 190 video gaming machines and $59,387.86 were seized during the operation.

 


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