The Gwinnett County Police Special Investigations Unit has arrested Dennis Maxwell, age 51 of Flowery Branch for allegedly running an illegal gambling operation at 554 West Main Street in Buford, which is also known as the Tannery Row complex. Police say Maxwell tried to hide his illegal gambling operation behind the use of a charitable organization.

“An investigation conducted by the Gwinnett Police Department learned that Little Kings and Queens was running an illegal gambling operation under a guise of a 501c3 charitable organization,” said Hideshi Valle, public information officer for the Gwinnett County Police Department. “As a result, over 30,000 dollars in illegal funds were seized, and the business is closed at this time.”

The business that the police refer to as being the business that “is closed at this time” is that of the poker room operated as part of the Little Kings and Queens charity and not that of the actual restaurant, the Tannery Row Ale House. However, it appears that Maxwell is the owner of 554 West Main Street and according to the Georgia Corporations Division is the listed agent for Tannery Row Ale House, LLC.

Maxwell was charged with felony commercial gambling and misdemeanor keeping a gambling place.

Maxwell was booked into the Gwinnett County Jail on Friday, June 17 but was later released on a $1,300 bond.

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