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KCSO Raids Gambling Club

Thursday, 02 June 2011

The Knox County Sheriff’s Office raided an East Knox County gambling club Wednesday night.  An investigation began Tuesday after complaints from residents.  Officers armed with a search warrant entered the establishment located at 7311 Asheville Highway around 8 p.m.  Approximately 50-60 patrons were at gaming tables playing poker and blackjack.  Officers seized two guns, drugs that included marijuana, oxycontin, and oxycodone, and an undetermined amount of cash.

Officers determined identities of the patrons and looked for anyone with outstanding warrants.  None was found and no arrests were made.  The information gathered will be taken to the Knox County District Attorney General’s Office for possible prosecution.  The investigation revealed there was no business license for the property.

The only name on the front of the building was “7311.”  However, card club membership applications called the club “One-Eyed Jacks.”  Other paperwork called the club “Sack’s.”  Ronald “Sack” McAbee leases the property from Bob Baxter.  McAbee was present during the raid.  Former U.T. Police Officer Ed Cummings was also at the club acting as a doorman.  Cummings was fired last year after the FBI and KCSO investigated him for protecting an illegal gambling establishment.



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