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Record Number of Illegal Gambling Machines Seized in Lincoln CountySalem-News.com
Unlawful Possession of a Gambling Device is a class A misdemeanor.
(NEWPORT, Ore.) - Oregon State Police Lottery Security Section detectives in Lincoln County say an investigation has led to the seizure of 250 gambling devices, including 244 slot machines found Friday in a shop south of Newport.
Lottery Security Section detectives say this is the largest seizure of unlawful gambling devices in Oregon.
OSP Lottery Security Section Detective Cari Boyd and Sergeant Vern Fowler assisted Lincoln County Interagency Narcotics Team Thursday with a search warrant.
Officers located six gambling devices, also known as Pachislo machines, and seized them as evidence.
49-year ols Rhonda Newman was lodged in Lincoln County Jail on six counts of Unlawful Possession of a Gambling Device.
Detectives say that as the result of a follow-up investigation, the source of the unlawful slot machines was determined. Yesterday, Detective Boyd and Sergeant Fowler contacted 40-year old Fredrick Saxton III and determined Saxton had purchased the Pachislo machines from Japan in 2003.
Saxton consented to a search of his shop behind his residence at 9459 SE Cedar in South Beach where detectives found 244 unlawful Pachislo machines.
Detectives seized the machines and cited Saxton to appear in Lincoln County Circuit Court for 244 counts of Unlawful Possession of a Gambling Device.
Unlawful Possession of a Gambling Device (ORS 167.117) is a class A misdemeanor.
The mission of the Lottery Security Section is to ensure that all Lottery gaming activities are conducted in a fair, honest, and secure manner with the highest level of integrity, and in accordance with all statutes, Administrative Rules, Policies, and Management Directives.
They say the Department provides all security services necessary to ensure security, fairness, integrity, and honesty in the operation and administration of the Lottery, including but not limited to:
* Background investigations of all prospective employees, Lottery game retailers, Lottery vendors, and Lottery contractors;
* Detection and investigation of crimes against the Lottery;
* Enforcement of the State prohibition on gray machines;
* Consultation and recommendations regarding gambling issues and on-site security measures; and
* On-site security and surveillance of all Lottery premises.
Source: Oregon State Police
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