Police make sweepstakes arrests
High Point police cracked down on sweepstakes operations this week by arresting two people on Main Street.
Wednesday evening, police executed search warrants at Pot of Gold sweepstakes at 2610-107 S. Main St. and 311 Sweepstakes at 3021 N. Main St.
Gregory Todd Warren, 42, was arrested at his sweepstakes operation Pot of Gold on Plaza Lane. Warren was arrested on misdemeanor charges of gambling, operation and possession of slot machines, and conducting and promoting electronic sweepstakes.
A few hours later, Jennifer Dawn Moreno, 41, was arrested at her job on Wednesday for gambling and conducting and promoting electronic sweepstakes. Both charges are misdemeanors. Moreno is an employee of 311 Sweepstakes.
Chief Marty Sumner said this is the beginning of the enforcement of the statute that declared sweepstakes as unlawful in High Point.
“When the Supreme Court upheld the statute as constitutional late last year, I waited the entire month of January to see if any more appeals or injunctions were out there,” Sumner said. “Many places voluntarily closed their doors.
At both locations, numerous items pertaining to the running of an illegal sweepstakes operation were seized as evidence, including the computers on which the operations were run.
Sumner said just because a place says “sweepstakes” on the outside, it does not make it illegal. Each one has to be investigated.
“There are 10 other places like these still open in High Point. I’ve dispatched a letter to these places, and they won’t get any further notice,” Sumner said. “As long as it’s illegal, we’ll investigate, and when we have evidence, we’ll bring up the appropriate charges.”
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