Agents: 3 arrested in illegal gambling operation

Agents: Bar busted for illegal gambling operation


Three people have been arrested in connection with illegal gambling at a New Bern bar, authorities said.

The owner of Mickey Milligans, Gerry Shepherd, is charged with gambling and being a permittee/employee of ABC licensed establishment did allow violations to occur on the licensed premises.

The bar is on Trent Road in New Bern.

Shepherd, 56, did not return previous requests for comment.

Charles Phillip McSorley, 40, and Basil Holmes Oats III, 45, face the same charges.

McSorley is also charged with possession of one-half ounce of marijuana.

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State agents charged three people with running an illegal gambling operation at a New Bern bar.

According to Alcohol Law Enforcement agents, poker games with cash bets have been occurring at Mickey Milligans, 3411 Trent Rd.

"They were running a Texas hold 'em tournament," said Brent Massey, ALE assistant special agent-in-charge for the district that includes New Bern.

In most cases, it's against state law to play a game of chance if something of value is bet on the game.

Agents searched the bar on Thursday and seized items including a poker table, poker chips, marijuana, and $1,200, records show.

The club's alcohol permits could be affected by the allegations, Massey said.

"The owner is responsible for everything that happens on the premises" of an establishment with ABC permits, Massey said.

The owner, Gerry Shepherd, was not at his Havelock home and a message left for comment was not returned.

The bar was open for business Monday night.

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