Gambling machines seized in Colbert County

The sheriff says a hidden room at a gas station contained illegal gambling devices.

Posted: May 11, 2018 11:29 AM
Updated: May 11, 2018 5:46 PM

The Colbert County Sheriff's Office raided a gas station outside of Tuscumbia Friday morning and said they seized 10 illegal gambling machines along with other evidence.

Deputies raided Dixie Express off of Highway 72 around 9 a.m. Colbert County Sheriff Frank Williamson said the business owner went to great lengths to disguise an illegal gambling operation.

"It's been an ongoing thing now for several months and it actually started last year when we started getting complaints," said Williamson. 

In the gas station they had a secret room where all of the gambling machines were located, Williamson said. He said deputies conducted an undercover investigation and obtained search warrants for the business Friday morning.

"We've got a lot of time in it," said Williamson. 

Williamson said the owner will likely face charges. They are in the process of obtaining warrants for his arrest. 

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