Officers raid gaming café, arrest Bladen elected official
Jeffery Scott Smith, a Dublin town councilman, was charged with two misdemeanor counts of operating video gaming machines at Gold Rush Internet Café on Hwy. 701 north of Whiteville. (Source: Columbus County Jail)
Smith allegedly operated the Gold Rush Internet Cafe off of Highway 701 near Whiteville. (Source: WECT)
WHITEVILLE, NC (WECT) -
Detectives with the Columbus County Sheriff's Office shut down a video gaming café Tuesday owned by an elected official from Bladen County.
Jeffery Scott Smith, a Dublin town councilman, was charged with two misdemeanor counts of operating video gaming machines at Gold Rush Internet Café on Hwy. 701 north of Whiteville.
Officials executed a search warrant Tuesday afternoon after informants played games and received payouts in recent days, according to Capt. David Nobles of the Columbus County Sheriff's Office.
Investigators seized computer hard drives from 68 gaming machines along with more than $5,800 in cash, Nobles said.
Officials interviewed 15-20 customers who were in the business at the time. None currently faces charges.
Nobles said the sheriff's office consulted with District Attorney Jon David's office prior to taking out the warrant. An assistant D.A. was on scene during the search.
Smith was released from jail on a $1,000 secured bond. He faced similar charges in Bladen County within the last year, Nobles said. A trial ended in a hung jury.