11 charged with 100+ counts of illegal gambling in Dillon County

11 charged with 100+ counts of illegal gambling in Dillon County (Image 1)

 South Carolina Law Enforcement with the help of Dillon County authorities arrested 11 people earlier this week on gambling charges.

The 11 men were arrested on Tuesday and Wednesday in connection with illegal gambling activities in Dillon, SLED said in a press release.

A total of 107 warrants have been served on the 11 men in connection with the investigation.

One man is also facing drug charges related to meth and cocaine, SLED said.

Earlier this week, officials said 6 defendants were accused of selling tickets worth various denominations ranging from $1 a ticket to $10 a ticket for football, baseball and basketball professional sports games.

Some of the betting took place at 116 East Hampton Street according to the arrest warrants.

  Those arrested and charged with Betting, Pool Selling, Bookmaking and the like include:

Gilbert L. Blue, 59, of Dillon, S.C., charged with 30 counts.

Johnnie Lee Jennings, 70, of Dillon, S.C., charged with 27 counts.

Willie McCollum, 67, of Hamer, S.C., charged with 14 counts .

Alfonia McKellar, 65, of Hamer, S.C., charged with nine counts..

Johnny Campbell, 49, of Dillon, S.C., charged with nine counts.

Lorence Bethea, 65, of Dillon, S.C., charged with five counts.

Johnny Lee Bethea, 80, of Dillon, S.C., charged with three counts.

Lewis Earl Inman, of Dillon, S.C., charged with three counts.

James Willie Washington, 61, of Dillon, S.C., charged with three counts.

James Randy McCollum, 50, of Hamer, S.C., charged with two counts.

Alfonzo Lee McArthur, 60, of Rowland, N.C., charged with one count of Betting, Pool Selling, Bookmaking and the like.

McArthur was also charged with one count of  Possession, manufacture and trafficking of methamphetamine and cocaine base and other controlled substances.

  The charge of Betting, Pool Selling, Bookmaking and the like, is a misdemeanor with a penalty upon conviction on each count of up to six months in prison, a fine of up to $1,000 or both or a fine and prison sentence to be determined by the court.

The charge of Possession, manufacture and trafficking of methamphetamine and cocaine base and other controlled substances, is a felony with a penalty upon conviction on each count of up to 15 years in prison, a fine of up to $25,000 or both.

 SLED investigated the case at the request of the Dillon County Sheriff’s Department which assisted in the arrests.

The 11 men were booked at the Dillon County Detention Center.

NOTE: WBTW has requested mug shots of the 5 men who are not pictured in the photo gallery.

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