90-year-old, 15 others arrested in gambling raid

Published: Nov. 17, 2014 at 2:40 PM EST|Updated: Nov. 17, 2014 at 8:57 PM EST
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This house on West First Avenue was raided Saturday
This house on West First Avenue was raided Saturday

ALBANY, GA (WALB) - More than a dozen people were arrested in a gambling raid at a home on East 1st Avenue Saturday.

The oldest of them was 90 years old.

According to a report, police executed a search warrant just before 8:30 p.m.

Mary Morgan, 90, who is the homeowner, was charged with keeping a place of gambling, disorderly house, and illegal alcohol sales.

Officers seized approximately $4,100 in cash, a 2004 Chevrolet Silverado, and a 2003 GMC Yukon with a trailer and some lawn equipment from the home at 1410 E. 1st Ave.

"This operation was a result of a two month investigation into illegal activity at this residence which included illegal gambling, illegal alcohol sales, illegal tobacco sales, possession of cocaine, ecstasy, marijuana and spice," said Deputy Chief Mark Scott.

The arrests and seizures come after what authorities said was a long-term investigation in the wake of numerous complaints about illegal activity.

Police also arrested Patrick Lyons, Larry Jester, Ronnie Gibson, Michael Spurlin, Rodriquez Laster, Reginald Hill, Quinton Fletcher, Cornelius Evans, Michael Edwards, Lillian Whitlock, Elizabeth Hicks, Antonio Fletcher, Gary Anderson Jr., and Shunterria Brown.

"Those that had outstanding warrants were charged with their warrants and those that were actually participating in gambling when the officers arrived on scene were charged with gambling, and then of course those in possession of illegal drugs was charged with that," said Scott.

They face a variety of gambling and drug charges.

90-year old Mary Helen Morgan became the oldest person to ever be housed in the Dougherty County jail by 7 years, but jail officials say she was removed from the general population.

"Whether it's due to their advanced age or a physical handicap or anything that would cause them to be an additional concern, we would administratively segregate them and that's the case with Ms. Morgan," said Colonel John Ostrander.

Officers also cited Kenneth Green, David McClain, Kamila Parker, and Carlton Cobey.

The case is now in the District Attorney's hands. His message is clear to anyone participating in this activity.

"All of our law enforcement agencies are working together to make sure these operations are carried out to intervene on these operations," said Dougherty DA Greg Edwards.

Albany Police Department's Special Detail Unit, Albany Police Department's Gang Unit, Albany Police Department's Uniform Bureau, Albany Police Department's Criminal Investigations Bureau, Albany-Dougherty Drug Unit, Dougherty County Sheriff's Office, Dougherty County District Attorney's Office, and the Probation and Parole Office all contributed to the investigation.

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