Police raid illegal gaming business in Elizabeth City

Curtis Markham (Photo by ECPD)

ELIZABETH CITY, N.C. (WAVY) — Detectives arrested a man Friday night after an eight-month investigation of an illegal gaming business in downtown Elizabeth City.

The investigation began after police received several tips about illegal gaming activities at a location on Poindexter Street, according to Captain John D. Young with the Elizabeth City Police Department.

Detectives learned that in October a man had obtained a license to run a business called C&M Enterprises from the location, selling used merchandise. He had also applied for and received a license for online trading there, Young said.

Officers conducting surveillance of the building noticed plywood going up over windows and doors, heavy duty magnetic door locks and camera systems being installed, as well as a person manning the front door. Individuals with history of gambling and drug sales also began to frequent the building, Young Said.

Just after 9 p.m. Friday, officers executed a search warrant at the location and found the business owner, Curtis Eugene Markham, and three patrons inside.

Police seized illegal items — pool tables, electronic gaming devices, and other gaming paraphernalia — a large amount of cash and a small amount of drugs. More cash, drugs and illegal weapons were found during a search of Markham’s home, Young said.

Markham was charged with possession of a firearm by a felon, simple possession of marijuana, possession of drug paraphernalia, operating and possessing video games for profit, and conducting and operating a video sweepstakes business.

Young said Markham was placed under a $12,000 secured bond, which he made early Saturday morning. He will appear in Pasquotank County Court on August 4.

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