Fuller arrested in Florida for gambling offense

By Aaron Wilson OWINGS MILLS – Baltimore Ravens veteran defensive back Corey Fuller was arrested Tuesday night in Florida and charged with operating a gambling house, according to Tallahassee police officers. His Tallahassee home was raided months after an undercover officer infiltrated high-stakes card games called Georgia Skins, police said. The alleged crime is a third-degree felony, punishable up to five years in prison and a $5,000 fine. Fuller, 32, was released on a $5,000 bond.

Probation is another possible resolution, law enforcement officials said. No trial date has been set yet.

"We have received intelligence and were able to obtain probable cause for a search warrant through the investigation of an undercover Florida Department of Law Enforcement officer," Lt. Linda Butler said. "We have confiscated evidence, including cards and paperwork consistent with operating a gambling operation. This started with a complaint in February."

Fuller's arrest follows Ravens Pro Bowl running back Jamal Lewis' arrest on federal drug conspiracy charges in Atlanta earlier this offseason.

A felony aggravated assault charge is pending against outside linebacker Terrell Suggs in Arizona with a May 11 court date.

Butler said about 20 Leon County sheriff's deputies, Tallahassee police and Florida Department of Law Enforcement agents were at Fuller's home, placing people in handcuffs and searching the house.

Butler said eleven men and women were in Fuller's home when officers arrived at 9:30 p.m. and most of them will be charged with misdemeanor gambling offenses.

She said that six of the eight people charged at the scene had outstanding warrants related to gambling, including four felonies and more charges could be pending.

Florida state law allows card players to gamble up to $10 a hand, but Butler said some of the hands were worth thousands of dollars with several games being held each week.

On Jan. 21, Fuller exchanged several rounds of gunfire at his Tallahassee home with a masked man who was attempting to invade his home in the early-morning hours.

Neither man was hit during the melee, although significant damage was done to Fuller's bullet-riddled residence.

Fuller issued a $10,000 reward for information leading to the man's capture, but no arrest has been announced.

"We're exploring the possibility of a connection, but at this point we have no reason to believe that the two are related to each other," Butler said. "We've had no new information about the January incident."

Fuller has had previous stints with the Cleveland Browns and Minnesota Vikings after being drafted in the second round of the 1995 NFL Draft out of Florida State.

A ninth-year professional, Fuller signed a three-year contract with Baltimore last year. Fuller was a starter at the beginning of last season for the Ravens before injuries caused him to be supplanted by Gary Baxter. He finished the season as the team's nickel back, and general manager Ozzie Newsome said last week that Fuller is in the team's plans for this season.

Aaron Wilson writes for the Carroll County Times.

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