Crime

March 5, 2014

Rowan man accused of running gambling operation

Agents said they cited Laurence Joseph Beauchamp IV, 40, after executing a search warrant Wednesday morning at a building near Salisbury.

A Rowan County man has been charged with running a gambling operation, according to authorities.

The Rowan County Sheriff’s Office said its Special Operations Division cited Laurence Joseph Beauchamp IV, 40, of China Grove, after executing a search warrant Wednesday morning at a building near Salisbury.

Agents visited a building in the 100 block of Hader Street, saying the sheriff’s office had received complaints about gambling taking place at the location. Investigators said agents confiscated a number of tickets and ticket boards, along with $593 in cash.

Beauchamp was cited for operating a game of chance and possession of numbers tickets.

The sheriff’s office said Beauchamp was arrested in May 2010 after agents searched a building across the street from the location visited Wednesday morning. That time, authorities reported seizing more than $5,000 in cash, along with tickets and ticket boards.

Beauchamp pled guilty in that case to operating a lottery, authorities said.

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