State law enforcement agents conducted a raid at a Smithfield business this week. Following a joint investigation with Smithfield Police, members of NC Alcohol Law Enforcement executed a search warrant on Tuesday at T-Marketing, located at 903 South Brightleaf Boulevard, Suite 101, next to Food Lion. Three people were subsequently charged.
ALE agents and local officers seized 18 video gaming machines, $3,740 in cash, surveillance equipment and assorted documents after searching the business.
Jeff Lasater, Special Agent in Charge of District IV of NC ALE, said the investigation into T-Marketing began after both ALE agents and Smithfield Police received complaints about the operation and possession of illegal video gaming machines.
The owner of T-Marketing, Trung T. Huynh, 55, of Orlando, Florida, the store manager, Porsha C. Jordan, 30, of E. Crestview Drive, Smithfield and one employee, Tiffany L. Caldwell of Haresnipe Court, Raleigh were charged.
All three suspects are charged with operating a game of chance, use or keeping an illegal slot machine, possession of an illegal slot machine, and operating or allow to be operated any video game machine.
Huynh, the owner, was also charged with conspiracy to operate a video game machine and engaging in a continuing criminal enterprise.