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Etowah Sheriff's Office seizes a dozen gambling machines

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Etowah County Sheriff's Office investigators and deputies seized twelve gambling devices from a VFW Post in Gadsden Sunday afternoon.

"A search warrant was obtained yesterday after an investigation uncovered the devices at the VFW Post 8600," said Sheriff Todd Entrekin.  

The eSweeps device allows an individual player to put money onto an account for continual play.  A receipt, with a pin number, would be printed. The player of the device would enter the pin number and the machine would load their account.  When finished, the receipt would be returned to the employee on duty for monetary payout.       

"Four years ago, this is exactly what we thought would happen.  These illegal machines would start popping up in various locations," Sheriff Entrekin continued.  "That is why we ask the county commission to create standards for electronic gambling devices in the county.  To date, there has not been a machine to meet all the created standards." 

Terri H. Smith, 57, was arrested and charged in connection to Sunday's seizure.  He is charged with one count of possession of a gambling device and one count of promoting gambling.  Smith is the manager of VFW Post 8600.

Additional charges are pending in this case. 


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