Miami-Dade Teacher Arrested on Gambling Charges After Search at Barber Shop: Authorities

Betting receipts and pick sheets for NFL games were found at Paul Lanier's TNT Barber Shop Sunday, the FDLE said

Tuesday, Oct 30, 2012  |  Updated 7:30 PM EDT
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Paul Lanier, 40, of Homestead was one of four men arrested after agents executed a search warrant at his TNT Barber Shop on Sunday, authorities said.

Paul Lanier, 40, of Homestead was one of four men arrested after agents executed a search warrant at his TNT Barber Shop on Sunday, authorities said.

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A Miami-Dade County Public Schools teacher was arrested on gambling charges after authorities said they found numerous betting receipts and pick sheets for National Football League games at his barber shop.

Paul Lanier, 40, of Homestead was charged with two counts of keeping a house for gambling and one count of bookmaking, according to the Florida Department of Law Enforcement.

He was one of four Homestead men arrested after agents executed a search warrant at Lanier’s TNT Barber Shop at 27389 S. Dixie Highway in Miami on Sunday, the FDLE’s Miami Regional Operations Center said in a statement along with Homestead Police and Miami-Dade Schools Police.

Authorities said they conducted the search after learning of ongoing criminal activities within the business. They said their search netted two guns, including an AK-47, and small amounts of cocaine, marijuana and MDMA/ecstasy.

Besides owning the barber shop, Lanier is a teacher in the Miami-Dade school system, the FDLE said. The school district did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

Elias Baker, 33, was charged with one count of marijuana possession, Jeremiah Jones, 30, was charged with one count of marijuana possession with the intent to sell, and Corey Wilborn, 35, was charged with one count of cocaine possession and one count of MDMA/ecstasy possession, according to the FDLE.

The four men were booked into the Miami-Dade County Jail, the FDLE said. It was not immediately known whether they have attorneys.

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