A Dillon city councilman was among 11 people arrested earlier this week for their role in what state police say was an illegal gambling operation, according to warrants from the State Law Enforcement Division (SLED).
61-year-old Councilman James Washington was arrested when SLED and the Dillon County Sheriff’s Office raided two businesses in Dillon that they believed were housing illegal gambling operations. Washington was charged with three counts of Betting, Pool Selling, Bookmaking and the like.
WPDE-TV reports arrest warrants state Washington sold $5 baseball, $6 football and $2 football tickets to a pool, with the winner to be determined based on the results of professional sports games.
Ten others were also arrested in Tuesday’s bust on similar charges. A North Carolina man was also charged with possession, manufacture, and trafficking of methamphetamine and cocaine base. The warrants did not name the businesses where they said the gambling was occurring between May and November of this year.
The crimes happened between May 16 and November 12 of 2014, the warrant says. SLED said its officers also seized thousands of dollars in cash, drugs, moonshine whiskey and arrested eight people.
Washington is involved with legal gambling in North Carolina, where he helps manage the Lucky Strike Casino located just across the state line. He was shot and injured during an October 2011 robbery at the business.
He has served on the Dillon City Council since 1999.