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Month-Long Investigation Ends With One Gambling Arrest In Alabama

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The Northport Police Department is funded by taxpayer money in the state of Alabama. While there is major crime that needs to be monitored in the state, the Department turned their attention for the past month to an illegal poker game.

Larry Lynn Watson, the owner of One More Lounge in Northport, was arrested on four gambling related charges late this past week. Watson faces three counts of promoting gambling, and one count of possession of gambling devices.

The arrest occurred after the NPD completed a month-long investigation into the gambling activity. The investigation began May 28th, and ended on June 19th. The arrest had some residents in Alabama puzzled.

"I just don't understand why they keep wasting our taxpayer money with these long investigations into gambling," said observer Nick Helms, "there is major crime taking place, and the authorities are using valuable resources to stop poker games. It just seems ridiculous."

Many other people across the country have been questioning these gambling raids as well. Authorities throughout the US have been devoting resources, both monetary and human, to stopping illegal poker and slot gambling taking place in bars, convenience stores, and private homes.

At the arrest in Northport, three poker table tops, a poker table, playing cards, and poker chips were seized. Watson was out on $1,200 bail after the arrest. He has not said whether or not he will fight the charges.

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