Police seized $14k in gambling raids
by James Phillips
Jul 18, 2010 | 4372 views | 0 0 comments | 10 10 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Walker County Sheriff John Mark Tirey speaks with members of the Alabama Bureau of Investigation at the location of one of Thursday’s gambling raids in Walker County. (Photo by: James Phillips)
Walker County Sheriff John Mark Tirey speaks with members of the Alabama Bureau of Investigation at the location of one of Thursday’s gambling raids in Walker County. (Photo by: James Phillips)
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The Walker County Sheriff's Office said officers seized more than 150 gambling machines from five locations in a series of raids last week.

Along with the machines, Walker County Sheriff John Mark Tirey said Friday that $14,606 was also seized during the raids. No arrests were made during the raid, but Tirey said he expects arrest warrants to be issued early this week.

"This is a misdemeanor crime, but it is an illegal activity," Tirey said. "If it's an illegal activity, we have to do something about it. We worked all day Thursday recovering the machines, and many people at my office spent a lot of the day Friday finishing up paperwork on this issue. We expect several arrests to come from this."

Sheriff's deputies, along with members of the Walker County Narcotics Enforcement Team, the Alabama Bureau of Investigation and the Alabama Alcoholic Beverage Control Board, initiated the raids.

The locations raided on Thursday included a double-wide mobile home on Highway 195 about seven miles from the Jasper city limits, two buildings behind a residence on Country Club Road, Scott's Texaco and an adjacent building on Highway 78, a small building on Kingdom Hall Lane in Sumiton and a small building on Wildlife Drive in the Argo community.

The machines taken in Thursday's raids will now be taken to the county's impound lot. Tirey said a request will be filed with the courts to have the machines condemned. If that request is granted, the machines will be destroyed.

"These machines are illegal in not only Walker County, but in Alabama," Tirey said. "We will ask for them to be condemned and then carry out the order to destroy them."