Feds seize video poker machines in swoop

Feds seize video poker machines in swoop

There are 113 comments on the Asheville Citizen-Times story from Jun 28, 2007, titled Feds seize video poker machines in swoop. In it, Asheville Citizen-Times reports that:

Federal agents on Thursday seized records and video gambling machines from at least eight businesses in Buncombe and Madison counties.

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“Born here, love it here!”

Since: Jun 07

Candler, NC

#1 Jun 28, 2007
It's a crying shame that our federal gov't send Gestapo in to seize a man's property for an activity that it sanctions just over the mountain. WHAT A COUNTRY!!!! But i wouldn't trade it for any other!
9th Generation American

Inman, SC

#2 Jun 28, 2007
We have Criminal Immigrants raping our 13 year old children and driving while drunk, killing folks and these idiots want to arrest folks for gambling????? Hey Police, I support you, but get your flipping priorities straight would ya?
Ya'll won't arrest a car load of illegals but practically get euphoric over someone gambling or winning at gambling? OPEN your eyes wide and watch as the magic man uses slight of hand to make you focus on Medford and gambling while the illegals get free reign by our Democrat progressive DA!
wake up BUNCOMBE COUNTY!
AC-T when are you going to do a write up about how many crimes are committed by Criminal Immigrants or an expose` on how those CRIMINAL IMMIGRANTS get those numerous fake ID's and NORTH CAROLINA Driver's License's???? Weigh it out,m which is the biggest and most lethal crime?
Twain

Matthews, NC

#3 Jun 28, 2007
This story is important because it very possibly indicates that former sheriff Bobby Medford and/or some of his staff were involved in illegal activities. Those involved are innocent until proven guilty in a court of law....just like every other defendant.

Our nation suffers every time an elected official abuses the public trust. The importance of the story does not hinge on gaming...it is about possible graft and corruption...and that is why it matters.
oh well

Spartanburg, SC

#4 Jun 28, 2007
9th Generation American wrote:
We have Criminal Immigrants raping our 13 year old children and driving while drunk, killing folks and these idiots want to arrest folks for gambling????? Hey Police, I support you, but get your flipping priorities straight would ya?
Ya'll won't arrest a car load of illegals but practically get euphoric over someone gambling or winning at gambling? OPEN your eyes wide and watch as the magic man uses slight of hand to make you focus on Medford and gambling while the illegals get free reign by our Democrat progressive DA!
wake up BUNCOMBE COUNTY!
AC-T when are you going to do a write up about how many crimes are committed by Criminal Immigrants or an expose` on how those CRIMINAL IMMIGRANTS get those numerous fake ID's and NORTH CAROLINA Driver's License's???? Weigh it out,m which is the biggest and most lethal crime?
Everything that needed to be said. How many illegal mexicans will commit a crime by the time your done patting yourselves on the back?
Pooter

Kill Devil Hills, NC

#5 Jun 29, 2007
Where is ALL That money they got from Mr. Theodossis, and WHY has he NEVER BEEN ARRESTED???
Were these others arrested??? Anybody seen Larry Leake running wild thru the hills of Madison collecting HIS cash???

Since: Dec 06

Charlotte, NC

#6 Jun 29, 2007
Gee, an 18 month undercover operation to net these criminals. I wonder how many illegals could have been rounded up during the 18 months? Where are their priorities? Why are our laws selectively enforced? Either enforce them all or none at all. "America for legal Americans"

“"Woo Hooo...What a Ride"”

Since: Jun 07

WNC

#7 Jun 29, 2007
Jerry L wrote:
Gee, an 18 month undercover operation to net these criminals. I wonder how many illegals could have been rounded up during the 18 months? Where are their priorities? Why are our laws selectively enforced? Either enforce them all or none at all. "America for legal Americans"
Good post Jerry L!!!!
Shady

Asheville, NC

#8 Jun 29, 2007
I agree...why can't they just go after the illegals who are causing many larger problems around here. Sadly, it may take more innocent people being killed, maimed or raped before they do that. Arrgh. Yeah guys, get your priorities straight here. Heck, one even attacked your own when he was arrested and jailed. Wake up!
Matt

Greenville, SC

#9 Jun 29, 2007
Of all the luck !

“Report and Deport1866-DHS-2 ICE”

Since: Feb 07

Location hidden

#10 Jun 29, 2007
You all are absolutly correct. When I read the title, my heart was just-a-pumping thinking they had 'seized some illegals---BUT no, they went after video machines for crying out loud. Those poker machines weren't going anywhere. They need to get their priorities straight. If we have all these under-cover Feds running around, looks like they could get and 'round' them up too. Imagine, if they have room for all these machines, how many illegals they could pack in?

As I have said before, AC-T will print anything they think is related to Medford and the Big Dogs are going to go after anyone--outside of the DA's office--who had any contact with Medford.(See article) I sure am glad he never had any reason to call me!!

Since: Jun 07

Inman, SC

#11 Jun 29, 2007
Just legalize gambling to improve our economy, for god's sake.
Mike

AOL

#12 Jun 29, 2007
Connect those dots, build a stronger case. Ofcourse this is not going on in any other county close by I am sure. 18 months to get to this conclusion.Seems to me 18 months should net a much bigger haul than this.

“BEAT A PAIR OF JACK'S & A FOX ”

Since: Feb 07

ASHEVILLE

#13 Jun 29, 2007
Jerry L wrote:
Gee, an 18 month undercover operation to net these criminals. I wonder how many illegals could have been rounded up during the 18 months? Where are their priorities? Why are our laws selectively enforced? Either enforce them all or none at all. "America for legal Americans"
RIGHT ON TARGET:
BUT FIRST THING THEY WILL TELL YOU WHEN CONFRONTED ABOUT YOUR SUGGESTION IS THAT THEY DON'T HAVE ENOUGH MAN POWER, OR IT'S NOT IN OUR BUDGET.

THEIR ARE A LOT OF WASTED MAN HRS. WASTED IN LAW ENFORCEMENT. THEY CALL IT INVESTIGATION.

“BEAT A PAIR OF JACK'S & A FOX ”

Since: Feb 07

ASHEVILLE

#14 Jun 29, 2007
Mike wrote:
Connect those dots, build a stronger case. Ofcourse this is not going on in any other county close by I am sure. 18 months to get to this conclusion.Seems to me 18 months should net a much bigger haul than this.
MAYBE THATS ALL THEY CAN CATCH, IS POKER MACHINES. THEY CAN'T RUN.

Since: Dec 06

Charlotte, NC

#15 Jun 29, 2007
CJOHNNY wrote:
<quoted text>

THEIR ARE A LOT OF WASTED MAN HRS. WASTED IN LAW ENFORCEMENT. THEY CALL IT INVESTIGATION.
Hours spent in investigation are important to ensure your facts are correct and that you have enough information to arrest and convict.
HOWEVER, saying that, let them investigate the more important things like illegal aliens, murderers, rapists, etc. Gambling should be way down on the list of priorities.

Since: May 07

West Carolina

#16 Jun 29, 2007
Pooter wrote:
Where is ALL That money they got from Mr. Theodossis, and WHY has he NEVER BEEN ARRESTED???
Were these others arrested??? Anybody seen Larry Leake running wild thru the hills of Madison collecting HIS cash???
Leake got out of the issue where he was making inapproprate phone calls to a minor in the late 70's early 80s from a pay phone and was arrested by the police. People tend to forget.

why could they not waite till the 1st when the machines will be illegal by the new state law?

Since: May 07

West Carolina

#17 Jun 29, 2007
9th Generation American wrote:
We have Criminal Immigrants raping our 13 year old children and driving while drunk, killing folks and these idiots want to arrest folks for gambling????? Hey Police, I support you, but get your flipping priorities straight would ya?
Ya'll won't arrest a car load of illegals but practically get euphoric over someone gambling or winning at gambling? OPEN your eyes wide and watch as the magic man uses slight of hand to make you focus on Medford and gambling while the illegals get free reign by our Democrat progressive DA!
wake up BUNCOMBE COUNTY!
AC-T when are you going to do a write up about how many crimes are committed by Criminal Immigrants or an expose` on how those CRIMINAL IMMIGRANTS get those numerous fake ID's and NORTH CAROLINA Driver's License's???? Weigh it out,m which is the biggest and most lethal crime?
Just don't blame the street cop itÂ’s the higher ups who give the orders that have priority issues.
Ravin

Kingston, TN

#18 Jun 29, 2007
What do illegal immigrants have in common with raids on video machines. Not a damn thing. It's a ad hominem argument.(go look it up). If you ask a police officer about illegal immigrants and deporting them, you'll hear the same answer. "ICE says if we don't have a busload, don't call". So you can't blame local police officers for not being able to stop the problem.

What it appears the Feds are doing is conducting an investigation into not only gambling but a corrupt sheriff's shenanigans. Jackie Shepherd, whose machines and records have been confiscated, used to employ dear old Bobby. His job... "collecting change from laundromat machines". Yeah, right!

Anyone on the north end of Buncombe county knows the gambling has been going on for ages. The only way to change the status quo was to change sheriffs and this has been done. So, we should all just let it go? Not investigate? Let them carry on? Am I to understand because illegals aren't rounded up, we shouldn't enforce any laws? Great argument, Jerry L.... and Mindraker... "just legalize gambling to improve our economy", you're an idiot.
Sandy

Easley, SC

#19 Jun 29, 2007
I agree thay should be rounding up illegals instead of Machines. These machines are another problem that we have. These stores pay out jackpots all the time. They print out the $10 slips, then pay the player in cash which is illegal.I've heard of families being destroyed because players will spend their whole paycheck playing these machines. These owners are taking advantage of people. They should be closed down and Harrahs should be shut down to. They have lisense to steal.Our country is being destroyed by greed.
howell

Waynesville, NC

#20 Jun 29, 2007
they could get more in cherokee,N.C.So what the big deal.

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