Gambling machines seized in Middlesboro

By: Angela Sparkman Email
By: Angela Sparkman Email

MIDDLESBORO, Ky. (WYMT) - Around one dozen gambling machines were seized at a Bell County store. Kentucky State Police raided the Cumberland Market in Middlesboro.

Monday night, state police carried out at least 12 poker machines from a building behind the Cumberland Market.

"Totally surprised! This is a shocker, you know what I mean. I wasn't expecting to see this at all," said Chris Shackelford who shops at the store.

State police had a warrant to seize the machines as part of an ongoing investigation into illegal gambling.

"Kentucky State Police Post 10 in Harlan has received multiple complaints of illegal machines inside the Cumberland Market," said Sgt. Jackie Pickrell.

No one was arrested. Investigators say they plan to take the case to the grand jury.

No one at the store wanted to comment.

Some customers told us the back addition was just added several months ago. Other customers said they never knew anything could be wrong at the store.

"They're great people. That's why I shop here," said Shackelford.

The front part of the store is still open for business.

"We didn't close down the business. All of the illegal gambling machines were located in the back of the store. The business part of the store has remained open," said Sgt. Pickrell.

State police did confiscate all of the money associated with the machines. It adds up to nearly one thousand dollars.

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