June 5, 2020
Lincolnton, NC – Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office narcotics investigators and State ALE agents raided a local convenience store Thursday (6-4-20) where they seized illegal gambling machines and cash.
Concerned citizens filed numerous complaints of illegal activity at the Corner Market located at 1118 Confederate Road in Lincolnton. The narcotics division began an investigation into the allegations and the North Carolina Alcohol Law Enforcement’s Gaming Division assisted in the month-long investigation. Investigators were able to determine that there were illegal gaming devices on the business premises as well as illegal activity involving the machines.
As a result, Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office Narcotics Division, the patrol division and Alcohol Law Enforcement executed a search warrant at the Corner Market on Thursday afternoon. Seized during the operation were seven illegal gambling machines, more than $1,700 in U.S. currency and numerous receipts and ledgers pertaining to the illegal operation of the gaming machines.
Two people are facing charges in connection with the illegal gambling machines.
Dustin Blake Parson, 34, and Kenneth Dwayne Woodward, Jr., 34, both of Kannapolis, NC will be charged with one felony count of possession of more than 5 gaming machines, and one misdemeanor count each of gambling, operation and possess slot machines, manufacture sale of slot machines and devices, and types of machines and devices prohibited by law. Both men are expected to turn themselves in to Alcohol Law Enforcement agents today. (June 5, 2020)
North Carolina state law prohibits cash payouts to be awarded for credits won on any type of video gaming machine, regardless if it is a game of chance or skill.