OREGON COUNTY -- Last week officers from the Missouri State Highway Patrol's Division of Drug and Crime Control, officers from Troop G Headquarters, along with investigators from the South Central Drug Task Force conducted an operation focused on illegal gambling.
According to Sgt. Jason Clark, the officers investigated 12 legitimate businesses in six counties in the Troop G area. "Approximately 27 illegal gambling devices were seized," Clark said. He confirmed that a business in Oregon County was involved in the seizure of the machines but, because the investigation is ongoing, would not say what or where the business was. He did say the machine seized was a video poker machine.
"The prosecutors in each county involved will decide if charges will be pursued in the matter," Clark said. As of press time, no charges had been filed in Oregon County. He said the penalty for possession of an illegal gambling machine is up to one year in jail and a fine of $1,000. He said a corporation convicted of such a crime could pay a $5,000 fine.
Clark said the action followed a year-long investigation. Counties where gambling machines were located besides Oregon County include Ripley, Texas, Howell, Shannon and Douglas counties.