12 illegal gambling machines seized in Lexington County

online@thestate.comJanuary 17, 2014 

Six of 12 video gaming machines confiscated in raids Thursday in Lexington County

LEXINGTON COUNTY SHERIFF DEPT.

— Local and state authorities raided three Lexington County businesses on Thursday and confiscated 12 video gaming devices, a video surveillance system and cash, Sheriff James Mets announced in a news release.

The raid conducted at the Oak Grove Business Park, Suite G, at 2710 Augusta Road, West Columbia, netted investigators five Pot-O-Gold-style cabinet video gambling machines, a five-camera video surveillance system and $70 in cash.

Three Pot-O-Gold-style, one Pot-O-Silver quarter-slot, one Horoscope scratch-off cabinet machine and $194 in cash were seized by Lexington County deputies and Irmo police at the Anchor Lanes bowling alley. The business is at 100 Columbia Drive in Irmo.

Also raided was the Horseshoe Tavern at 2710 Emanuel Church Road, West Columbia, where two tabletop video gambling machines and $938 were seized.

The State Law Enforcement Division participated in the raids to help determine whether the machines found on-site violated S.C. law.

On Friday, the machines were reviewed by a magistrate judge, as required to confirm their illegality. The magistrate declared all 12 devices illegal under South Carolina law.

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