— Earlier this month, Berkeley County Sheriff Wayne DeWitt told businesses to lose any gambling machines, or else.

On Monday, the hammer started dropping. Eight video poker machines were seized from six businesses in the Goose Creek and Summerville areas, and the crackdown is continuing, a sheriff’s news release said.

Machines were confiscated from Crazy D’s on Redbank Road, Thirsty Turtle on College Park Road, Bruce’s Lounge on North Goose Creek Boulevard, Steel Horse Saloon on Old Highway 52, Whistle Stop on U.S. 52 and Fast Break Lounge on North Main Street, Summerville, according to the release.

“There have been over 1,200 of these machines seized around the state,” DeWitt said March 7, warning of the crackdown against standalone or networked systems. “If we find any in Berkeley County, they will be taken and those numbers added to the state total.”

DeWitt said then he would cooperate with state officials to locate and seize machines.

The Sheriff’s Office asks anyone who has information about the machines to contact 719-4412 or 719-4424.