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Gambling Machines Seized from Local Businesses

By Caitlyn Jones
By cjones@wbbjtv.com

JACKSON, Tenn. - The Jackson Police Department SWAT team made two large illegal gambling operation busts Friday, and both buildings have been shut down.
Police reported seven illegal gambling machines were removed from a building on Bond Street, and five more machines were taken from a location on Hale Street, commonly known as Ike's Disco.
The operations were separate and officials said neither of the owners had licenses to operate a business. City of Jackson Code's Enforcement and the Fire Marshal closed both buildings due to unsafe electrical issues.

Captain Mike Holt said some of the seized gambling machines brought in around $1,000 a month.

“One of the things that makes them illegal, on their face, they have a reset button so that points can be cleared off them so players can earn points and count for their points and if they earn enough points they can get paid back," said Captain Holt.

No one has been arrested for the owning or operating the machines, but Captain Holt said he does expect charges against the owners and/or others taking part in the operation to be filed soon.