Illegal gaming machines destroyed
County Attorney Mike Hartman and District Attorney Ben Smith were smiling while a front-end loader was removing 30 illegal gaming machines from a hangar at Winston Field this morning.
The machines, which had been stored at the hangar while their owner was facing misdemeanor possession of a gambling device charges, were destroyed at the Snyder landfill this morning.
“The Texas gaming laws are fairly clear. If an establishment pays cash when you play these machines, it is an illegal activity,” Hartman said. “If you get caught with these machines, they will be seized and all the money will be seized.”
The property owner had to forfeit $10,544 in cash, which the commissioners’ court will certify as additional revenue on Tuesday.
Hartman credited the work of local law enforcement, specifically the Snyder Police Department, during the investigation.
Local law enforcement seized several gaming machines during an August raid at 888 Game Room on 25th Street. Snyder Police Department and Scurry County Sheriff’s Office personnel participated in the raid.
The suspect was arrested during the raid on a warrant for keeping a gambling place, a Class A misdemeanor.
Last month, he pleaded guilty in Scurry County Court to misdemeanor possession of a gambling device and received a 90-day, jail sentence, probated one year.
At the time of the raid, Snyder police officials said officers had received information that illegal activity was ongoing at the game room and launched an investigation.