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Gambling machine bust a win for RCSD

The Richland County Sheriff's Department is cracking down on gambling machines, and spent Thursday night following up on CrimeStoppers tips.


RICHLAND COUNTY (WACH) -- The Richland County Sheriff's Department is cracking down on gambling machines, and spent Thursday night following up on CrimeStoppers tips.


Sheriff Leon Lott gave those who own the gambling machines a five day period to get rid of them after South Carolina Senate passed a bill making them illegal last month.


Since January 21, the Community Action Team has been raiding businesses they have received tips on.


Thursday evening around 6:30 p.m. deputies seized 10 machines off of a truck, and four more during their raid at a bar later that night.



"We tend to find prostitution, narcotics. A lot of that street level crime is out there and a lot of the establishments that have illegal gambling machines, they allow those type of folks to come around their business," said Lieutenant Rafael Gonzalez.



UPDATE: Friday afternoon, Richland County Sheriff's Department sent a list of persons arrested in the raids:


Below are the names and charges of the persons arrested during the operation:





  • Earthea Melton DOB 8-8-62 Wanted for child support





  • Dicy Singleton DOB 3-26-54 Wanted for simple assault




  • Wayne Brown DOB 1-19-75 Simple possession of marijuana and ABC violation




  • Tykeria Capers DOB 10-8-90 Warrant for forgery




  • Quiyon Pringle DOB 10-28-94 Warrant larceny





  • Vincent Arthur DOB 5-11-71 Wanted for fail to pay child support





  • Thomas Murray DOB 4-5-61 Wanted for possession of crack




  • Arthur Frank Montgomery DOB: 10-25-1976 Operating Gambling House (owner)




  • Randy Taylor DOB 7/24/81 DUS/WANTED (Camden)




  • Robert Richardson DOB: 12/31/1955 Open Container




  • Clarence James (DOB not provided by suspect â?? Jail to determine) Open Container




  • Leon Myers DOB: 6/25/1965 SPMJ, Providing False Information to police, Wanted for Probation & Parole Violation



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