Gaming machines seized at 3 locations in county
by James Phillips
Oct 27, 2010 | 4281 views | 0 0 comments | 13 13 recommendations | email to a friend | print
The Alabama Bureau of Investigation executed search warrants and seized more than 70 electronic gaming machines Tuesday morning at three locations in Walker County.

Martha Earnhardt, public information officer for the Alabama Department of Public Safety, said the simultaneous raids were conducted as part of an ongoing investigation.

Fifty machines were confiscated at 10518 U.S. 78 East in Jasper, while 11 machines were taken from 757 Alma Road in Jasper and 12 machines were seized from 700 Mountain View Road in Cordova. Earnhardt said an undetermined amount of cash and one gun were also confiscated during the raids.

The raids were completed by 10:30 a.m. Tuesday and Earnhardt said ABI agents were assisted by Alabama State Troopers and deputies from the Walker County Sheriff’s Office.

Walker County Sheriff John Mark Tirey said his office had passed along information received in recent weeks regarding illegal gambling to the ABI.

“It’s difficult for us to investigate it, because people know our officers,” he said. “That’s why the state is handling it. Any information we’ve received, we have passed it along to them. We have and will continue to assist in this investigation in any way possible.”

Tirey said the machines will be held until they are condemned by the courts. At that time, they will be destroyed.

Earnhardt said no arrests were made during the raid. While future arrests are a possibility, she said could not comment. “I wouldn’t speculate on arrests, because this is an ongoing investigation,” she said.