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Officers seize 4 poker machines

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By The Staff

A raid at an Old Still Street home Dec. 5 turned up four poker machines.

The Lancaster County Sheriff's Office Drug Task Force, armed with a search warrant, raided 1305 Old Still St. and found four poker machines in operation.

Joseph Bradley, 44, of 1617 Springdale Road, and Christopher Horne, 30, of 1305 Old Still St. were arrested and charged with operating a gaming house.

Agents seized the four poker machines, $1,413 and various records of payouts from the machines during this search.

Acting on a resident complaint about the activities going on in the residence, an informant was sent into the house to confirm it was a gaming house. Once it was confirmed, the agents obtained a search warrant for the house.

"Based on the records found in the house, it had been operating for several months and was making good money off those four machines," said Chief Deputy Maj. Barry Faile. "In fact, while agents were searching the house, several people walked in and headed straight for the back room where the machines were kept."

From the accounts of the agents, there was very little in the house other than the poker machines.

"The only food in the house was cases of soda and individual bags of chips that appeared to be for sale," Faile said.

The sheriff's office appreciates the tips from concerned residents like the one that led to the arrests in this case, Faile said.

"Our deputies do a great job, but without concerned citizens willing to provide us information, our job would be a lot harder than it is," he said.

Operating a gaming house carries up to a $2,000 fine and one year in jail.

Anyone with information concerning ongoing crimes may call 283-4136.