Laurel Sheriff: Illegal Gambling Operation Uncovered Outside London

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Four people were arrested, illegal gambling machines, money and drugs were seized during an investigation at a building just outside of London Tuesday afternoon, according to the Laurel County Sheriff’s Office.

Investigators said they received a complaint of illegal gambling in a building on U.S. 25, one-mile north of London.

Investigators said they found 19 illegal gambling machines in the back room of the building.

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Two people, who authorities said were working at the location when Sheriff’s Detectives arrived, were arrested.  They were identified as Raymond C. Wright, 45, of Williamsburg and Shannon R. Jones, 32, of Rockholds.

Both Wright and Jones were charged with Promoting Gambling 1st Degree.

Investigators said Jones also had cut straws with white residue in them and plastic bag corners with white residue, which authorities said tested positive as methamphetamine.  That led to additional drug charges against Jones.

Investigators said while they were there, two men showed up at the facility and when they were told it was closed due to the investigation, the men reportedly became irate and disorderly.

That led to the arrest of Jerry Collier, 62, of East Bernstadt and Jerry Collier, Junior, 30, of East Bernstadt.

All four people arrested were taken to the Laurel County Detention Center.

Investigators said after getting a search warrant, they found a large amount of money in the illegal gambling machines and in an ATM.

Authorities said nearly $10,000 in cash was seized during the investigation.

Investigators said numerous surveillance cameras were in operation in the building, with one camera that had the capability of opening the door remotely after viewing who wanted to enter the building.

Investigators said they’re still trying to determine who was running the illegal gambling operation. 

Authorities said more arrests and more charges are expected. 

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