Lexington man faces charges after 53 illegal video gambling machines seized

September 30, 2013 

— A Lexington man faces charges after 53 illegal video gambling devices were seized in a commercial building.

Brinton Lee Motley, 38, of Parkhurst Lane, was arrested Sunday on a charge of unlawfully possessing a gambling device. He was being held Monday at the Lexington County Detention Center, awaiting a bond hearing.

The Lexington County Sheriff’s Department, working with the South Carolina Law Enforcement Division, confiscated the gambling devices, which were in a work area and storage room that were partitioned off with plywood walls from the remainder of a commercial building at 2548 Morningside Drive near West Columbia, the Sheriff’s Department said in a news release. The Sheriff’s Department had been tipped to the gaming devices and executed a search warrant at the site just before 6:30 p.m. Sunday.

Arrest warrants allege that Motley unlawfully possessed 53 video gambling devices as well as pieces, parts and components that are used to repair, replace and operate illegal video gambling devices, the news release said.. The illegal video gambling devices included stand-up Chess Challenge II devices and table-top Double Platinum devices.

A Lexington County magistrate on Sunday found that the 53 devices all were illegal video gambling devices, which are subject to seizure by law enforcement, the news release said. The magistrate issued an order Monday to destroy the 53 illegal video gambling devices.

Under South Carolina law, a magistrate must determine whether each individual gambling device is illegal.

A SLED agent assisted sheriff’s investigators in determining whether the video gambling devices found at the Morningside Drive building were illegal, Metts said. SLED also made arrangements to place 48 of the 53 seized illegal video gambling devices at a warehouse that SLED uses to store such devices so that all of the 53 illegal video gambling devices did not need to be stored at the Sheriff’s Department evidence building.

Anyone with information about illegal video gambling devices should call CrimeStoppers at (888) CRIME-SC.

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