Eight charged stemming from last month's raids

Published: Wednesday, November 20, 2013 at 03:23 PM.

Havelock Police have charged eight people in connection with various sweepstakes and gaming law violations.

The charges stem from an 11-month investigation by the Havelock police and Craven County Sheriff’s deputies. On Oct. 17, authorities executed search warrants of seven Havelock businesses and collected more than 300 pieces of evidence, including Internet sweepstakes gambling machines.

“These charges have been filed as the result of an undercover investigation conducted by the Havelock Police Department with the assistance of the Craven County Sheriff’s Department,” said District Attorney Scott Thomas. “Some of the offenses allege violations of traditional gaming laws that have been on the books for years and others are based upon the Sweepstakes law.”

Benjamin Edwards, of Greenville, has been charged with 21 counts of operating or possessing a slot machine and two charges of possessing an electronic sweepstakes machine.

Greg Muse, of New Bern, faces 15 charges of manufacturing or selling slot machines for renting his machines to other locations and one charge of possessing a slot machine.

Miteshkumar Vinodbhai Mistry faces one charge of operating or possessing a slot machine at the U.S Mini Mart.

Gajendrabhai Patel faces one charge of operating or possessing a slot machine at Food Fare.        

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