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Ravens’ Fuller Arrested on Gambling Charges
A tumultuous off-season grew worse for Ravens cornerback Corey Fuller,
who was arrested Tuesday night and charged with operating a gambling
house, a Leon County (Fla.) Sheriff’s Office spokeswoman said.
Fuller, 32, is accused of running high-stakes card games in which pots
frequently reached into the thousands of dollars. Florida law allows
an individual to gamble up to $10 per hand. Fuller was released on
$5,000 bail after an interview with the sheriff’s office later that
night, Lt. Linda Butler said.
No court date has been set. Butler said
operating a gambling house is a third-degree felony and carries a
possible five-year prison sentence and $5,000 fine.
In January, Fuller and an intruder exchanged gunfire outside his home
in Tallahassee, Fla. Twenty shots were fired, though no one was hurt
in the incident.
Around that same time, investigators began looking into public
complaints about excessive noise at Fuller’s house. Butler said
authorities gathered intelligence for two months, then involved an
undercover Florida Department of Law Enforcement agent over the next
Eleven people were at Fuller’s home at the time of the raid, and eight
were arrested, Butler said. Warrants were issued for five others.
Fuller is the only athlete among those charged. Most of the people are
middle-aged and all but one is from Tallahassee.
Fuller did not resist arrest.
"He was at the scene and taken to the office," Butler said. "He wasn’t
pleased we were there, but he did not resist to where he was charged."
The lawyer for Fuller, Ben Crump, claims there was no gambling at the
time of the raid, which involved about 20 Leon County sheriff’s
deputies, Tallahassee police and Florida Department of Law Enforcement
Crump said many of the guests were playing video games.
"They never saw [Fuller] gambling," Crump said. "They allege thousands
of dollars; however, the guy that had the most money had just $300.
Corey had $8,000 in his safe that they confiscated."
Crump said he believes the state attorney’s office will reduce the
charge to a misdemeanor, if not dismiss it altogether.
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