Gambling operation shut down

Ron Harris
Posted 11/17/16

Jasper police shut down an illegal gaming business Wednesday afternoon.

Police Chief J.C. Poe said officers raided Skill 777 located in the S&W Plaza on U.S. 78 East and seized approximately 50 …

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Gambling operation shut down

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Jasper police shut down an illegal gaming business Wednesday afternoon.

Police Chief J.C. Poe said officers raided Skill 777 located in the S&W Plaza on U.S. 78 East and seized approximately 50 illegal gambling machines operating inside.

A 20-year-old man working inside the business was arrested and charged with possession of marijuana.

Poe said the business was openly operating despite a recent state court ruling that said the machines inside were illegal.

“We knew they were there,” Poe said. “They make no bones about what they’re doing. They’re just flaunting it in our face, and we’re not going to have that happen.”

The owner of the business, who was not identified, was not at the business at the time of the raid and will not be charged with a crime.

That may change soon, Poe said.

“In the past we haven’t charged anyone for operating these businesses, but we’re about to start doing that,” he said.

The machines seized Wednesday could soon be destroyed, Poe said.

“We’re going to seek a court order to do that,” he said.

The machines may not belong to the owner of the business, Poe said, and could just be leased. “We even had one of the owners in the past tell us he didn’t care if we took the machines because he didn’t own them,” Poe said.