Sweepstakes raid yields two arrests, a few citations
DURHAM – Durham County sheriff’s deputies on Thursday raided an Internet sweepstakes café on University Drive and arrested both the owner and manager.
The café, called University Business Center, is at 4201 University Drive, Suite 106. It’s owned by Jin Sok So, 57, of Alwoodley Place in Raleigh. So was inside the café during the 11 a.m. raid and was arrested on-site. Deputies also arrested Min Jung Song, 32, of Cobblestone Court in Chapel Hill, who they said managed the cafe.
Both men were charged with gambling, operating electronic sweepstakes and operating more than five gaming machines – all felonies. Both men were released from the Durham County Jail after posting $5,000 bond.
Three customers in the café received misdemeanor citations for playing a game of chance and were released.
During the raid, deputies seized 47 computers, $9,520 cash, prescription narcotics and hundreds of W-2G tax forms used for reporting gambling winnings, with names and personal information on them. Separate investigations into the prescription drugs and tax forms are pending, investigators said.
In other news:
• Christopher Rashaw Belfield, 23, of University Drive in Durham was arrested Friday and charged with robbery with a dangerous weapon and resisting an officer. He was held in the Durham County Jail under $250,500 bond.
• Charles Darrell Ferrell, 42, of Benbow Road in Durham was arrested Thursday and charged with obtaining property under false pretenses, identity theft and larceny. He was held in the Durham County Jail under $50,000 bond.
• Edward A. Gilliam, 45, of Jonquil Street in Durham was arrested Thursday and charged with assault on a female and assault with a deadly weapon with a minor present. He was held without bond in the Durham County Jail.
• Dontriece James, 27, of Danube Lane in Durham was arrested Thursday and charged with felony conspiracy, extortion and assault and battery. He was held in the Durham County Jail under $10,000 bond.
• Joshua Kyle Moore, 24, of Holloway Street in Durham was arrested Thursday and charged with first-degree rape, second-degree kidnapping, second-degree sexual offense, larceny and non-support of a child. He was held in the Durham County Jail under $502,250 bond.
• Kenya Lamont Thompson, 41, of Raynor Street in Durham was arrested Thursday and charged with manufacturing, selling, delivering or possessing controlled substances within 1,000 feet of a school, fleeing to elude arrest with a motor vehicle, misdemeanor child abuse, driving while license revoked, hit and run failure to stop with property damage and failure to yield at a stop sign or flashing red light. He was held in the Durham County Jail under $50,000 bond.
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