The Michigan Gaming Control Board has assisted the Michigan Department of Attorney General and Lansing Police Department investigators, after raids had been initiated at a pair of alleged illegal playing institutions.
This noticed search warrants executed in two alleged storefront casinos in Lansing, the primary of which was carried out on February 28 within the Logan Square Shopping Center earlier than a second warrant on March 4 at 777 Games of Skill.
“The MGCB is dedicated to serving to communities state-wide take away illegal playing machines, and we’re pleased to assist the Lansing Police Department on this investigation,” mentioned Henry Williams, government director, MGCB.
At Logan Square, there have been 28 full-size slot machines, one digital blackjack desk and different casino-style video games, with the machines, which got here in at 62 in whole, subsequently faraway from the situation.
At 777 Games of Skill there have been reportedly 13 full-size slot machines and 7 different playing video games. In whole, 82 machines had been eliminated together with $91,532 in suspected playing proceeds as a part of the 2 investigations.
“Partnerships in regulation enforcement are a big a part of profitable crime preventing. This investigation reveals how the efforts of Lansing Police working with MGCB and the Attorney General deliver success to a fancy investigation,” mentioned Lansing Police Chief Ellery Sosebee.
In October 2021, the Lansing Police Department contacted the MGCB in search of help in investigating alleged illegal playing operations.
Police officers mentioned a number of kinds of playing machines had been obtainable for patrons to play on the pair of aforementioned areas.
“Unregulated, illegal playing operations in Lansing invite crime into our neighbourhoods and enterprise corridors,” defined Andy Schor, Lansing Mayor.
“We are doing all we will to determine these illegal institutions and shut them down completely. I’m grateful for the efforts of the Michigan Gaming Control Board, the Attorney General, and different state businesses in working with the Lansing Police Department to close down these illegal operations and preserve our residents protected.”