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Dozens Arrested in Gambling Bust in Whiteville

By Erica Williams
By ewilliams@wbbjtv.com

WHITEVILLE, Tenn -- A gambling raid ended with 24 arrests on Saturday night in Hardeman County.

At least a dozen cars were parked in the driveway when police arrived at Ben Polk, Jr.'s and Shanikka Simon's house around 6:00 p.m. Saturday.

Simon said she was in the house and was unaware of what was going on in the shed behind her house. "I feel pissed off...I went to jail for no reason."

She said she was in the house with her three children when authorities arrived. "I ain't got nothing to do with what they do out there."

Police said they found 24 grams of cocaine, 2 grams of marijuana, a gun and nearly $10,000 cash in the shed. They also seized all 12 cars.

"In this kind of organized crime gambling you have people who come from all over," Whiteville Police Chief Steven Stanley said.

Simon maintains her innocence despite facing charges. "People need to take their own charges and let it be, 'cause they know what was what and whose was whose."

Chief Stanley said whether she is innocent or not is for the court to decide.

All 24 people arrested on Saturday night are facing the same charges including: aggravated gambling promotion, possession of a firearm, and possession of drugs with intent to sell.