Reyes faces more charges

Orlando Reyes

Hanahan — Orlando Reyes said it was just some friends getting together for poker. But Charleston County deputies said they found more than just cards and money the night they raided Reyes' home in the Tanner Plantation neighborhood.

Marijuana, drug paraphernalia and evidence that Reyes was operating as a bookie were among the items seized from the upscale house on Tanner Hall Boulevard, affidavits said.

Reyes, 41, was arrested again Wednesday and charged with betting and bookmaking. He was released on a $5,000 personal recognizance bond.

Reyes, owner of O&R Heating and Air on NAD Road, is accused of taking bets, keeping betting records and betting on baseball, football, basketball and golf, said Charleston County sheriff's Detective Glen Campbell.

On April 4, the night of the raid, a basketball game between the San Antonio Spurs and Utah Jazz was on a big-screen television in the main room and on a small TV in an area where refreshments were stored, Campbell said in an affidavit. Poker players also were betting on the game, he said.

Papers listed 13 highlighted games, point spreads and wagers, the affidavit said. Some of the bets were as much as $500, Campbell said.

"This isn't the little games you bet on at the office," he said.

Reyes' attorney, Mark Peper, said his client has been forthcoming about the events of that evening but that the betting on the sports games wasn't more than $100.

"Some of the individuals that were there that Friday night wanted to bet on the sporting events that were being shown on the TVs," Peper said.

Reyes also has been charged with simple possession of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia. Deputies found 14 grams of marijuana behind a basket of perfumes under a bathroom sink, Campbell said. He said a marijuana pipe was on the floor next to the toilet.

Peper said the drugs did not belong to Reyes.

Reyes had no criminal history in South Carolina before the raid, his record shows. But in the 1980s, Reyes served three years in a California prison after pleading guilty to voluntary manslaughter, according to that state's Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation.

"He was in a gang when he was a young man out in California, and unfortunately, he was involved in a gang fight where the victim died," Peper said.

Reyes recently pleaded guilty to multiple charges of betting and gaming stemming from the raid, and he paid about $500 in fines, Peper said. He said Reyes is considering pleading guilty to the other charges. All are misdemeanors.

For the betting and bookmaking charge, Reyes faces a maximum of six months in jail and a $1,000 fine, Campbell said. He said the maximum penalty for each of the drug charges is 30 days in jail and fines of $1,088 for drug paraphernalia and $565 for the marijuana.