LUMBERTON — Two more people have been arrested in connection to the raids Monday on illegal casinos that netted more than two dozen arrests, guns, drugs and more than 200 gaming machines.
Derena Kay Chavis, 52, of 1521 Opal Road in Red Springs, was charged Tuesday with eight counts of misdemeanor gambling and eight counts of felony possession of five or more gaming machines, according to court documents.
Marcus Allen Bullard, 19, of 10273 N.C. 72 in Pembroke, was charged with misdemeanor gambling, felony possession of five or more gaming machines and misdemeanor armed employee required to have a firearm, court records show.
Chavis and Bullard each were placed under a $100,000 secured bond, which they met. Chavis is scheduled back in court on Aug. 7. Bullard’s next court date is scheduled for Aug. 8.
Jerry Dean Oxendine, one of the people arrested and charged as a result of Monday’s raids, is awaiting trial on a first-degree murder charge in connection to the 2017 shooting death of Kendra Breeden. Oxendine, 59, of 3634 Philadelphus Road in Pembroke, had been free on a $250,000 secured bond.
Robeson County sheriff’s Deputy William J. Varnum was dispatched to Buie-Philadelphus Road near Melinda Road in response to a call about a person shot, court documents show. Varnum arrived to find Breeden bleeding from the head area. She was taken to Southeastern Regional Medical Center, where she died.
The shooting saga began when Jerry Oxendine’s son Keaton, who was at a store on Union Chapel Road and driving to another store on N.C. 710 North in Red Springs, called his father to tell him he was being followed by Alan Drake Hunt, court documents show. Jerry Oxendine, who was with his wife Edith, stood near Buie-Philadelphus and Melinda roads for his son to arrive.
As Jerry Oxendine and his son came into contact with each other, gunfire could be heard, which prompted Jerry Oxendine to fire his weapon, court records show. Jerry Oxendine told law enforcement officers he fired into a car parked beside his son’s vehicle as it began to pull off.
The vehicle fired into was a Honda Civic occupied by Shanelle Locklear and Breeden, court records show. Locklear left the scene with Edith Oxendine.
Jerry Oxendine is to be in court Aug. 6 on first-degree murder charge.
The elder Oxendine was charged Tuesday with gambling and felony possession of five or more gaming machines. Bond was set at $500,000 secured, according to court records. Oxendine was able to post bail.
The yearlong undercover investigation that led to Monday’s raids was called Operation Bandit. The raids resulted in the shutting down of three casinos that housed armed security guards, guns, drugs, marijuana growing sites and illegal gaming machines.
About 12 local, state and federal agencies worked together to raid three properties in Maxton, Pembroke and Red Springs that were operated by members of the Tuscarora nation, according to law enforcement officials. The members claim state and federal laws do not apply to them, saying they have sovereign status.
The Operation Bandit investigation continues and more arrests are expected.
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