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Twenty-seven illegal gambling machines were destroyed in Laurel County on Thursday afternoon. The Sheriff's Department received a court order to destroy the electronic gambling machines confiscated in two cases earlier this year.
On June 12th, 2012, the Sheriff's Office confiscated machines from a business on U.S. 25. On August 8th, 2012, deputies confiscated machines at a business on KY 1006. Five people were arrested in the two unrelated investigations.
"This was just businesses with nothing but these machines in them," said Sheriff John Root.
The Sheriff wanted to make sure they were not put back in service. A court order told the Sheriff's Department to destroy them.
Thursday, Laurel County Sheriff's Deputies took the dozens of illegal gambling machines to the landfill in Lily. It only took minutes to crush them all.
"We're sending a statement we won't tolerate this in the county," said Sheriff Root. "They're destroyed and this is numerous machines that's out of operation."
The sheriff says they did recover around $12,000 from the machines, and the money will go towards equipment at the Sheriff's Department.