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Additional Cash Seized In Antioch Gambling Ring Case

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Edna Davenport Edna Davenport

NASHVILLE, Tenn. - Over a quarter million dollars in additional cash has been seized by police as they continue their investigation into a Nashville gambling operation, bringing the total amount seized in the case to over $500,000.

The cash was discovered after police obtained search warrants to force open two lockboxes owned by 60-year-old Edna Davenport of Antioch.

Detectives with the Metro Nashville Police Department's Gambling Unit of the Specialized Investigations Division said Davenport was operating a numbers gambling operation.

Police said the illegal numbers gambling involved wagering on a daily widely publicized number, such as the close of the New York Stock Exchange.

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, September 6 after a four-month undercover operation. Police said she had $22,268 in cash and numbers tickets when she was taken into custody. 

Detectives also discovered $114,000 in cash stored in Davenport's Mossdale Drive home. A total of $160,000 in cash was seized and several bank lockboxes were frozen at the time of the arrest.

The additional cash was found in the two frozen lockboxes. One opened on Wednesday contained $205,000 in cash. The second box was opened Thursday and contained $70,235.

Officials said the total amount value of cash seized in the case now stands at $519,000.  

Davenport was being held on felony charges of aggravated gambling promotion and possession of gambling records. Bond was set at $12,500.

Davenport was convicted of Gambling Promotion in 2008 and 2011.

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

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

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