Tampa Bay Times – Police: Employee and manager arrested after running illegal gambling house, selling drugs at Gulfport store

News | January 10th, 2017

January 10, 2017

GULFPORT — A manager and employee of a convenience store are facing criminal charges after police said they operated an illegal gambling house and sold drugs at the store.

Gulfport police said they recovered two Vegas-style gambling machines and narcotics from the Joy Food Market at 1005 49th St. S, after executing a search warrant of the store on Tuesday. The warrant was the culmination of a three-month investigation into the store, police said.

Police arrested 55-year-old Ali Sultan, the store manager, and 31-year-old Eric McCallister, an employee. Both face charges of being keepers of a gambling house, while McCallister faces additional charges for the sale and possession of heroin near a church or school.

McCallister has a previous conviction for selling and possessing cocaine and was on probation, police said.

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