The crackdown on video gambling machines continues in Berkeley County.
Deputies seized 10 of the sweepstakes machines Tuesday afternoon at A.J.’s at 2140 S.C. Highway 41 in Wando, Sheriff’s Office spokesman Dan Moon said.
Deputies with the Drug Enforcement Unit showed up at A.J.’s with a search warrant about 3 p.m. Criminal and/or civil charges are expected against the owner, Moon said.
Moon did not specify what games were on the machines. Any kind of video machine that involves paying money for a chance to win money is at risk of being confiscated, according to the State Law Enforcement Division.
Deputies seized machines at six locations around the county last month. Sheriff Wayne DeWitt vowed to confiscate any more that came to his attention. The county’s action is part of a wider crackdown by the State Law Enforcement Division.
Opponents of the crackdown have questioned why a convenience store is allowed to sell lottery tickets for a chance to win money but is not allowed to have its own sweepstakes machine.