House used for gambling, drugs and prostitution shut down by Sheriff's Office

Published: Wednesday, January 18, 2012 at 9:09 a.m.
Last Modified: Wednesday, January 18, 2012 at 9:09 a.m.

A house used for gambling and other crimes has been shut down in Williston, according to the Levy County Sheriff's Office.

Investigators said they were tipped off to the house by area residents who complained that as many as 50 people would be at the home one some nights.

On Jan. 13, deputies along with officers from the Williston and Chiefland police departments served a search warrant at 241 NE 11th St. and arrested eight people.

According to investigators, Darryl Sherod James, 50, of 111 NE 41st Lane, was using the house, “for illegal gambling, selling and using drugs, selling alcohol and cigarettes without a license and renting the back bedroom for prostitution.”

When the search warrant was served, deputies and police said they found nine people gambling with cocaine, marijuana and cash on the game table. Officials also said they found evidence that James was selling alcohol, cigarettes, cigars, chips, candy, beer and condoms without a license and without collecting any sales tax..

In a news release about the search warrant, investigators said three men attempted to leave the property in a car but were stopped and arrested. Inside the car, investigators said they found a gun, 30 individually packaged bags of cocaine and two bags of marijuana.

James was charged with: selling alcohol without a beverage license; gambling: and two counts each of the following crimes within 1,000 feet of a school - possession of marijuana with intent to distribute, sale of marijuana possession of cocaine with intent to distribute, and sale of cocaine.

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