Arkansas Raid Nets 212 Illegal Gambling Machines, Three Arrests
In a year that has produced more illegal gambling machine busts than any other in US history, authorities in Arkansas have made one of the biggest of those busts on Tuesday night. Eight gambling operations were raided in Pine Bluff, Arkansas on Tuesday evening.
The combination of the eight raids netted 212 seized gambling machines. Authorities arrested three people in the raids, and issued citations to thirty-five other individuals.
The three men that were arrested, Allene Mitchell, Tracy Brown, and Leroy White, are all facing felony charges of operating a gambling establishment. They have been booked, and have already been released from a Jefferson County jail.
Authorities started the investigation into the illegal gambling activity after they received complaints from residents. Their investigation led them to the gambling establishments and they began monitoring the situation. On Tuesday, they carried out the raids.
The busts in Arkansas are just the latest chapter in what has been an ongoing effort by authorities around the US to crack down on illegal gambling machines. The machines have been placed in various locations, including bars, convenience stores, and Internet cafes.
The thirty-five people that were issued citations were customers who were playing the gambling machines during the raid. They were all cited for gambling, and allowed to leave without being arrested. More arrests in the case could still be made.
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