CAMANCHE -- The owner of A & B Storage and six other men each face a felony charge of illegal gaming for allegedly taking part in a weekly poker game at the Camanche business.
Criminal complaints were filed Oct. 3 against owner Adrian Deering, 54, 3220 Harts Mill Road; Ryne K. Schubert, 28, 206 Main Ave.; Ricky L. Devries, 49, 1720 13th Ave. South; Raymond L. Thomas, 43, of Chicago; David E. James, 54, 202 N. Third St.; Cory A. Boyer, 41, 847 Gateway Ave., apartment 5; and Kevin T. Colschen, 29, 1419 N. Fourth St. related to a search warrant that was executed July 28 at the storage facility.
All seven men are charged with second-degree illegal gaming, defined as “the sum of money or other property involved exceeds five hundred dollars but does not exceed five thousand dollars.” Each is charged with a first offense, which is a class D felony punishable by up to five years in prison.
Deering is also charged with keeping a gambling house, a serious misdemeanor.
In addition to providing regulatory enforcement at Iowa’s 18 state-licensed casinos, agents with the Special Enforcement Operations Bureau of the Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation are also responsible for enforcement of state laws in reference to illegal gambling, amusement devices, social and charitable gaming, lotteries, and tribal gaming compacts.
Iowa code prohibits gambling unless one of several exceptions applies. Specified card and parlor games (including poker) between individuals is permitted if certain conditions are met, including but not limited to: the gambling is incidental to a bona fide social relationship between all participants, the location is not excluded by law, no participant pays an entrance fee, cover charge or other charge for the privilege of gambling or to gain access to the location, and no one wins or loses more than a total of $50 during a 24-hour period.
According to the affidavits on July 28 DCI agents and Camanche police, assisted by the Iowa State Patrol, executed a search warrant at A & B Storage, 103 21st St., Camanche, for a suspected illegal poker game taking place regularly on Monday nights. During the search, a live poker game was observed involving 10 individuals, including the seven named above.
Information about the other three people was unavailable at the time of publication. It is not clear if charges have been or will be filed against additional individuals.
The affidavit for Deering’s charges indicates that he admitted to being the owner of the storage facility, and that he set up the games and had been hosting them for approximately one year. He allegedly said that if he was ever unavailable to play, the games were not hosted at A&B Storage, and that he sent out a mass text message to potential players inviting them to participate in the July 28 game.
The affidavit continues that Deering said he always acted as the “banker,” and a sum of cash totaling $3,340 was found in his pocket. Deering allegedly stated during an interview with law enforcement that the cash was the buy-in money for the poker game, and was used to pay players who win or want to cash out.
Deering also had $1,243 in his wallet, which he stated was his personal money, according to the affidavit.
Deering also allegedly stated that the usual buy-in for the games is around $100, or whatever amount a person wants to buy-in for, and that the game is run in a similar manner to one at a casino with white chips equaling $1, red chips equaling $5, green chips equaling $25 and black chips equaling $100. On average, the overall winner received approximately $1,500.
A loaded .25 caliber Raven Arms handgun was located inside a black leather pouch in the poker chip case, which Deering admitted was his for personal protection “in case things go bad.”
An affidavit states that Schubert told law enforcement he participated in 10-12 poker games at the storage facility, and was invited by text message by Deering. He allegedly stated that the minimum buy-in amount was $50 to $100, with a usual amount of $300 to $500 per person. The affidavit goes on to say that Schubert told officers he provided a buy-in of $350 for the July 28 game, and that he had never won more than $600 in any of the games, but the winner usually received around $1,000.
Thomas told officers that the July 28 game was the first time he had participated, according to an affidavit. Throughout the course of the investigation prior to the execution of the warrant, law enforcement had documented a vehicle registered to Thomas parked at A&B Storage on four separate Monday nights. During an interview Thomas did not provide any information regarding the buy-in, entry fee, who kept the money or where the exchange of money took place, that affidavit states.
The affidavit related to the charge against Boyer indicates he admitted to taking part in “several dozen” games, and that he paid no money for a buy-in and did not win or lose any money during the games. Investigators observed a vehicle registered to Boyer parked at A&B Storage on 13 occasions.
James stated he became involved with the regular poker games approximately one year ago and had participated several times, according to an affidavit, but provided no other information to law enforcement. A vehicle registered to James was allegedly observed at the storage center on 13 occasions.
Colschen provided no information about the poker games to law enforcement during an interview, the affidavit states, and a vehicle registered to him was observed at A&B Storage on five occasions.
Schubert, represented by attorney Mary Wolfe, on Thursday entered a written arraignment and plea of not guilty. A pretrial conference is scheduled for Dec. 4 at 9 a.m.
At the time of publication, Iowa Courts Online showed Devries, who is represented by Jack Wolfe, had an arraignment scheduled for Friday, Nov. 13, at 8:30 a.m. Thomas and Colschen have arraignments set for Friday, Nov. 20 at 8:30 a.m. There is no attorney listed for Thomas, while Colschen is represented by Matthew Noel.
The most recent filing shown for Deering, Boyer and James is a waiver of preliminary hearing. Deering is represented by attorney John Zimmerman, Boyer is represented by Judd Parker and James is represented by James Bruhn.