Illegal gambling machines found in 73-year-old’s home

online@thestate.comFebruary 13, 2013 

— A 73-year-old was charged with operating a gambling house after Richland County Deputies found 7 illegal gaming devices inside her Southeast Columbia home Tuesday.

Betty Graham is being held at Alvin S. Glenn Detention Center pending a bond hearing. Deputies found the gambling machines, a .38-caliber revolver, marijuana and $6,648 in cash inside a glass jar in her 7522 Stone Street home. The search was conducted after investigators got a Crime Stoppers tip about illegal gambling at the home, according to Richland County Sheriff’s Department spokesman Curtis Wilson.

Deputies also found ledgers with information on payouts, IOUs and profits and loss inside the home.

Graham has also been charged with drug possession and for owning the machines.

R. Darren Price

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