ALE and Jones County Sheriff’s Office Search Residential Video Gaming Casino


TRENTON – Earlier today, Alcohol Law Enforcement Agents and Jones County Sheriff’s Deputies served a search warrant at a Town of Trenton residence located at 153 Smith Trail. The search warrant was the culmination of a yearlong investigation into the operation of video gaming machines being operated at the residence.

Law enforcement officials received multiple complaints providing details of the residential casino’s operations and activities. The complaints and related information were provided to law enforcement from citizens in Jones County and surrounding areas. Agents seized forty illegal video gaming machines and $298,723 in cash during the search. The machines allowed individuals to play games such as Poker, Black Jack, Slots, Keno and other gambling related games.

Additional items located during the search were believed to be grenades and a rifle launched mortar. Camp Lejeune Explosive Ordinance Disposal Technicians and the SBI Bomb Squad were called to investigate. Upon inspection one grenade was determined to be “live”, and was taken for examination by the EOD unit. There were no injuries during the course of the search.

Special Agent in Charge David Hales said, “This is an excellent example of what can be accomplished when local, state and federal agencies work together to solve problems in our community. The Jones County Sheriff’s Office is a great organization and excellent law enforcement partner on all community betterment areas of concern.”

No one was charged during the execution of the search today, but the investigation is ongoing and criminal charges are anticipated.


Contact: David Hales
Date: December 22, 2015
Phone: (919) 218-0118