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North Carolina raid yields illegal gambling, drug arrests

According to law enforcement authorities in Robeson County, North Carolina, deputies with the North Carolina Alcohol Law Enforcement; Robeson County Sheriff's Office; Lumberton Police Department; U.S. Department of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms; and Department of Homeland Security raided a property on suspicion of an illegal gambling operation. The raid happened on December 14 and netted multiple arrests.

The Robeson County Sheriff's Office reported that it had learned that the property owner of the Buffalo Ranch had restarted an illegal gambling operation after an earlier raid. The Buffalo Ranch is reportedly run by the Tuscarora Nation, a group of individuals who claim that they are a sovereign nation.

Law enforcement officers seized 40 stand-up illegal slot machines, cash, guns and marijuana. Four people were arrested and charged with misdemeanor and felony offenses. The law enforcement officers also raided a home that was located across the street from the illegal casino. In that raid, three people were arrested and charged with possessing with intent to sell marijuana. One person was charged with being a felon in possession of a firearm. The group reportedly operated a casino in blacked-out rooms that ran 24 hours per day. The previous raid, which happened in July 2018, netted 26 arrests.

People who face federal charges, including federal drug or gambling offenses, might want to get help from a Raleigh, North Carolina, drug charges criminal defense lawyer who appears in federal court. An attorney may be able to challenge the admissibility of some of the evidence depending on how the searches and seizures were conducted. He or she may also be able to secure favorable pleas for his or her clients to lesser offenses, alternative sentences or capped sentences.

Source: WPDE, "Deputies raid Buffalo Ranch again in Robeson County, several people arrested," Tonya Brown, December 14, 2018

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