Fairfax County investigators have arrested a 60-year-old Baileys Crossroads man in connection with a $900,000-a-year lottery and bookmaking racket that allegedly operated in Virginia, Maryland and the District of Columbia.
Charged with two felony counts of operating an illegal gambling enterprise was John L. Grimes of 3529 Courtland Dr. Grimes was arrested in his home at 4 p.m. Tuesday and was being held yesterday at the Fairfax Jail under $2,000 bond, according to police spokesman Warren R. Carmichael.
The raid, described as the first numbers crackdown in Fairfax County this year, resulted in the confiscation of numbers slips, note pads, gambling paraphernalia and several telephones, police said. About $200 in cash was also seized in the raid.
Investigators speculated that the operation centered in the Baileys Crossroads area and said they expect to make more arrests.
Carmichael said Fairfax police received Grimes' address from Prince George's County and D.C. police, who arrested eight Maryland and Washington residents last Friday in a coordinated numbers raid centered on a Mount Rainier House on Bunker Hill Road.
"We had been watching a residence in the 3400 block of Bunker Hill Road for several weeks," said Lt. John Fyfe of the vice and criminal intelligence section of Prince George's police. "That led to various other addresses in the District of Columbia and one in Fairfax County."