Hudson sweepstakes parlor raided
An illegal sweepstakes parlor in Hudson was shut down Friday after police seized nearly 100 machines.
A search warrant was served on the 321 Sweepstakes parlor at 3012 Hickory Boulevard in Hudson after an investigation revealed that Internet sweepstakes machines operating in the business violated a state ban on most video sweepstakes machines. The parlor had voluntarily shut down after the State Supreme Court in December upheld the ban. The law banning the games took effect Jan. 3. The parlor re-opened on Feb. 22, according to Hudson Police Chief Andy Day.
Lenoir and Granite Falls police and the Caldwell County Sheriff’s Office assisted in the removal of 97 machines just before 7 p.m. Friday, 50 of which were in operation at the time. Cash totaling $5,200 was also seized in the raid.
The owners of the parlor, William and Christy Mudd of 3273 Lee Roy Lane, were not in the parlor at the time. They were not available for comment Monday.
The investigation will be turned over to the district attorney’s office to determine whether charges will be filed.