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Investigators Seize 20 Illegal Video Gambling Devices




Lexington County Sheriff’s Department narcotics investigators in cooperation with the South Carolina Law Enforcement Division (SLED) on Wednesday, November 27 seized 20 illegal video gambling devices from a mobile home at 3176 Greenwood Drive near West Columbia. The mobile home was used as a storage building on the property.

Lexington County Sheriff James R. Metts said David Lee Chase, 66, lives in a second mobile home on the Greenwood Drive property, which Chase owns. Investigators are continuing to investigate Chase’s involvement with the 20 illegal video gambling devices.

Investigators found, identified and seized as illegal video gambling devices 20 Pot-O-Gold video poker gaming devices that were stored in the mobile home, Metts said. A Lexington County magistrate on Wednesday determined that the 20 devices all were illegal video gambling devices, which were subject to seizure by law enforcement. Under South Carolina law, a magistrate must determine whether each individual gambling device is illegal.

At about 3:38 p.m. on Wednesday, deputies responded to a call concerning a break-in that was in the process of being committed at the mobile home, where the illegal video gambling devices were stored, Metts said. Chase told deputies that a man opened the front door at the mobile home and ran away along Greenwood Drive. Deputies have not yet identified the man.

Deputies contacted narcotics investigators when they found the 20 illegal video gambling devices inside the mobile home, along with furniture and other items that appeared to have been used in a bar, Metts said. Narcotics investigators and one SLED agent went to the mobile home and identified the 20 Pot-O-Gold video poker gaming devices as illegal video gambling devices.

Metts asked anyone with information about illegal video gambling devices to call the Lexington County Sheriff’s Department at (803) 785-8230 or CrimeStoppers at 1-888-CRIME-SC. Citizens also can report information anonymously by accessing the Crime Tip link on the Sheriff’s Department web site (www.lexingtonsheriff.com).



 


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