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Authorities: Former sheriff's deputy, son busted for illegal gambling

Chester Grady Howell Jr., left, and Chester Norman Howell. (Source: Berkeley County Sheriff's Office) Chester Grady Howell Jr., left, and Chester Norman Howell. (Source: Berkeley County Sheriff's Office)

BERKELEY COUNTY, SC (WCSC) - Authorities have arrested a former Berkeley County Sheriff's deputy and his son for illegal gambling.

The Berkeley County Sheriff's Office arrested 66-year-old Chester Grady Howell Jr. and his son, 42-year-old Chester Norman Howell.

The incident started on March 17 when deputies executed a search warrant at a Goose Creek location suspected of illegal gaming and made 18 arrests related to gambling law violations.

Investigators say as a result of information discovered, a month-long investigation started regarding the activities of Chester Grady "Smokey" Howell Jr., a former Berkeley County Sheriff's Deputy, under a previous Sheriff's administration, and his son Chester Norman Howell, Jr.  

Then on the following Tuesday, authorities executed a second round of search warrants at 1539 Alexander Circle in Summerville and 1260 Lebanon Road in Ridgeville. Subsequently, Chester "Smokey" Howell Jr. and Chester Norman Howell were placed under arrest and charged with several violations of South Carolina gambling laws.

Chester Grady Howell Jr. is charged with:
Unlawful Games and Betting
Unlawful Gaming Tables
Unlawful Keeping of Gaming Machines

Chester Norman Howell, age 42, is charged with:
Unlawful Games and Betting
Unlawful Gaming Tables
Unlawful Keeping of Gaming Machines

Authorities say Chester Grady Howell Jr.'s wife is currently employed by the Berkeley County Sheriff's Office in a civilian capacity.

The South Carolina Attorney General's Office and the State Law Enforcement Division have been contacted, and the investigation is expected to continue.

In total, 26 electronic gaming devices were seized during the investigation, as well as over $10,000.

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