7 arrested in Bogalusa for illegal gambling

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Associated Press

Posted on October 27, 2013 at 7:20 AM

Updated Sunday, Oct 27 at 9:36 AM

BOGALUSA, La. (AP) — Louisiana state police have arrested seven people in Bogalusa in what authorities are calling an illegal gambling and bookmaking operation.

State police say detectives recovered about $10,000 in cash, bookmaking materials and a small amount of marijuana.

The warrants were served Thursday at two Bogalusa addresses, based on tips to the Washington Parish Sheriff's Office.

Police say 64-year-old Lee Henry and 68-year-old Larry Blackwell, both of Bogalusa, are charged with illegal gambling.

Three others were arrested on charges of conspiracy to commit illegal gambling. They are 58-year-old Debra Henry, 47-year-old Ronald Peters and 57-year-old Melvin Fields.

Police say 20-year-old Willie D. Roberts Jr. was arrested on a charge of 2nd possession of marijuana offense and 24-year-old Lacourte J. Cooley was arrested on a charge of simple possession of marijuana.

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