Tryon man charged with illegal gambling

Published 5:44 pm Friday, January 27, 2023

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Others also charged in electronic gambling establishment located in Lynn


LYNN–After a month-long investigation, three men are facing charges in connection to an electronic gambling establishment in Lynn. 

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Gerald Edgar Moore, 84 of Tryon, was charged with multiple counts, including three counts of felony operation of more than five video gaming machines and operating/possessing slot machines. 

Additionally, James Lewis Trew III, 62 of Four Oaks, N.C., and Jeffrey Raines, 65 of Charleston, S.C, were also charged with the same counts. 

On Friday, January 20, the Polk County Sheriff’s Office, alongside the North Carolina Department of Public Safety Alcohol Law Enforcement Division, executed a search warrant at 1913 Lynn Road in the Lynn community, after numerous complaints from the public regarding possible illegal activity. Detectives concluded that the location was being used as an illegal electronic gambling establishment.  

Investigators were assisted in the search warrant by Columbus Police Department, NCDPS Division of Adult Corrections, and the U.S. Department of Homeland Security Investigations. 

“When we receive complaints from the public regarding illegal activity, we take those seriously,” Sheriff Tim Wright said of the investigation. “These types of gambling operations have a history of attracting nuisances and other criminal elements, and target individuals with addiction issues.” 

The matter is considered an ongoing investigation and anyone with information regarding this or any other gambling operation may contact investigators through the Polk County Communications Center at (828)-894-0187.