Seven businesses raided Thursday in Havelock

Sweepstakes machines were seized from seven area businesses on Thursday.

Sweepstakes machines were seized from seven area businesses on Thursday.

Drew C. Wilson
Published: Thursday, October 17, 2013 at 04:22 PM.

Police executed search warrants at seven Havelock businesses Thursday and confiscated more than a truckload of Internet gaming machines.

The raids were from one end of the city to the other as members of the Havelock Police Department and the Craven County Sheriff’s Office Special Response Team seized full-size Internet sweepstakes gambling machines, cut phone lines and gathered boxes filled with more than 300 pieces of evidence.

According to a release from Havelock Police Chief G. Wayne Cyrus, the search warrants were served at known sweepstakes and gaming establishments following an 11-month investigation.

Businesses included Internet Connections at 1329 East Main St., B&B Internet Access at 925 East Main St., Suite 38, U.S. Mini Mart at 221 East Main St., Food Fare at 227 West Main St., Mr. P’s Sweepstakes at 900 U.S. 70 West, Jean’s Place at 220 East Main St., and Super Expressway at 807 East Main St.

Cyrus said investigators worked closely with the Craven County District Attorney’s Office during the investigation.

“As a result of this enforcement action, police seized over 300 pieces of evidence related to alleged illegal sweepstakes/gaming operations, U.S. currency, and other items used in connection with and operation of sweepstakes/gaming machines,” the release said.

Cyrus said that evidence was also removed from Ben’s Beach Bingo at 1333 East Main St. after investigators observed suspected sweepstakes/gaming machines in plain view.

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