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Warrant Provides New Details in Video Poker Bust

7:08 PM, Aug 22, 2013   |    comments
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Swansea, SC (WLTX) -- News19 has obtained the search warrant that allowed SLED and Swansea Police to search a warehouse that they say contained 762 video gambling machines. SLED says that bust also netted shells and chips used to repair machines.

According to the search warrant, dated August 12th, for the property on South Brecon Avenue, a business license for the company J&H Amusement was found at the warehouse. The company's website says the company is now under new ownership and recently changed its name to J-R Amusement.

The website has an 803 phone number listed for a contact, and also includes a section where individuals can order video machines. The names of the machines include "Cherry Master," "Pot O Gold," and "8 Liner Boards." There is a disclaimer that "the buyer should check with his/her local and state government prior to purchasing product in regards to legality of these products in your area."

That website lists Roy Stevens as a contact for information about their services. His name is also included in a warrant to seize and destroy the machines. On August 16, News19 spoke with the attorney who is representing him in his fight to keep the machines from being destroyed. 

Previous Coverage: Lawyer Says Sweepstakes Machine Owner Did Nothing Wrong

Attorney Jake Moore tells News19 that the machines were being held in storage and were not in operation.  Moore went on to say that the machines were being dismantled and refurbished to comply with state laws and that his client was trying to get rid of them by selling them online.

No criminal charges have been filed in the case. There is however, a civil case, where a judge will decide if the machines should be destroyed. A hearing for that matter has not yet been scheduled.



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