26 gambling machines seized in south Charlotte raid

26 gambling machines seized in south Charlotte raid

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by GLENN COUNTS / NBC Charlotte

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Posted on March 27, 2013 at 6:06 PM

Updated Wednesday, Mar 27 at 6:21 PM

CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Charlotte-Mecklenburg police seized 26 electronic machines during a raid Tuesday in south Charlotte.

Officers and detectives from the Alcohol Beverage Control Unit seized 26 electronic machines from a sweepstakes parlor off of Old Pineville Road and cited an employee during the raid, according to the police report.

Police say they have been investigating sweepstakes parlors since the ban in January; Tuesday, CMPD made their first raid and said it won’t be the last.

"We've asked for lawful voluntary compliance from all the facilities and have been hoping for that. We've been conducting investigations in multiple locations, this is just the first one we decided to go after," said Captain Coerte Voorhees of CMPD's Vice Unit.

The Supreme Court targeted certain types of software that makes the machines more addictive and that's what police looked for.

"There are certain features within the gaming system that we believe make people more likely to enjoy playing them," said the Captain.

Sweepstakes customers like Tameka Misenheimer have mixed feelings about the raid.

"A lot of people should feel like that, it they work for it and play, it shouldn't be a problem," said Misenheimer.

As a result of the investigation, detectives identified a combination of 26 electronic and slot machines, and seized $2,849 in cash.

Yvonne D. Adams, an employee at the parlor, was cited for operating slot machines.

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