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Metro Police Bust Gambling Ring In Nashville

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Edna Davenport Edna Davenport
Justin Dion Durrell Justin Dion Durrell

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Metro Police have shutdown an illegal numbers gambling operation in Nashville after a four-month undercover investigation.

As a result of the gambling ring bust, $160,000 cash was seized and several bank accounts were frozen.

Gambling Unit detectives believe 60-year-old Edna Davenport of Antioch was operating a numbers gambling operation. According to police, The Atomic Market on Buchanan Street, which is owned by Davenport, was allegedly the hub of the gambling. A home at 2403 Osage Street was suspected of being the "count house" for illegal gambling proceeds.

Davenport was arrested Friday. Police found her with $22,268 cash and numbers tickets. She is charged with Aggravated Gambling Promotion and Possession of Gambling Records.

Police also arrested 28-year-old Justin Dion Durrell who allegedly acted as Davenport's security as she made her rounds. Durrell was charged with Gambling Promotion.

A third person, 68-year-old Gwendolyn Brandon, was issued a state misdemeanor citation Friday after police said she allegedly picked up numbers wagers on behalf of the operation at various locations.

Detectives discovered $114,000 in cash stored in Davenport's Mossdale Drive home. Her bond was set at $12,500. Davenport was convicted of Gambling Promotion in 2008 and 2011.

Illegal numbers gambling involves wagering on a daily widely publicized number, such as the close of the New York Stock Exchange.

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