SALISBURY, N.C. — The Rowan County Sheriff’s Office executed a search warrant at the Lucky Duck Café in Salisbury for illegal gambling and found multiple law violations. The business which appeared to be an arcade was actually an illegal gambling casino.
According to a news release, upon arrival detectives found two employees of the business, a manager and a cashier, along with a number of customers, who were actively gambling on Wednesday. In addition, the manager was armed with a .9-millimeter handgun, which was seized.
During the investigation the manager that was present stated that he did not know who the of the owner of the business is. It was later identified through investigating that the business is owned by a Kernersville contractor.
The RCSO conducted an undercover investigation at the location over the past two months.
Investigators were able to bet credits in amounts exceeding state law, and winnings were paid in cash, also in violation of state law, officers say. The investigation showed that the business had approximately 66 gaming terminals, including two “fish tables.” The casino was using different software, including Horizon, Fortune and Lightning.
During the raid detectives seized a variety of items involved in the operation of the casino, which include: CPU’s, printers, transactions records, a money counting machine, a cash register and a surveillance system, according to Rowan County Sheriff’s Office. Also seized was $4,821 in United States currency.
Deputies notified all businesses suspected of illegal gambling in January 2020 that the sheriff’s office would begin enforcement of North Carolina Law against the illegal actions.
The businesses were told to cease operation by January 20, 2020, or risk the consequences, such as arrest, seizure of equipment and profits from their illegal businesses. After The Lucky Duck Café were notified they briefly closed and then reopened, according to officials.
The investigation is now being referred to Rowan County District Attorney Brandy Cook for criminal charges.