LAUREL COUNTY, Ky. — While the county is focused on bringing in new businesses, one business was shut down just one day after its grand opening.
After numerous complaints that a gambling hall had opened in the Lily community on Thursday, Laurel County Sheriff’s officials stormed “Absolutely Auction,” located nine miles south of London on U.S. 25, on Friday afternoon — netting more than 20 gambling machines, cash and two poker tables.
Although indicating that the business was an auction house, deputies said the sole purpose of the business was as a gambling establishment. Poker chips and cards were also found at the scene in addition to the 20 machines and cash.
Freddie Russell, 65, of Corbin, was arrested and charged with second-degree promoting gambling.
Participating in the raid of the gambling hall were Sheriff John Root, Lt. Chuck Johnson, Senior Sgt. Greg Poynter, Deputy Larry Parrott, Deputy Charlie Johnson, Deputy Robbie Grimes and Deputy Gilbert Acciardo.
This is the third large-scale gambling operation that sheriff’s officials have busted in the past 22 months. In June 2012, deputies raided a business on North Laurel Road that contained numerous gambling machines in a back room of a business. In March 2014, deputies confiscated several gambling machines from an East Bernstadt business in an area where several persons had been arrested for drug-related activities including driving while intoxicated.