The Mobile Police Department’s Tactical Unit executed search warrants on a number of bars in possession of and operating illegal gaming machines in the city and throughout Mobile County.
Operation “Little Vegas” came to a close on Monday, Nov. 30, and resulted in at least four arrests and warrants being executed on five businesses — the majority of which were located along St. Stephens Road.
According to a release from the department authorities used weeks of information gathering through surveillance, confidential informants and undercover operations before the raids.
“The MPD Tactical Unit was able to identify the bar owners and operators who allow video gaming devices such as video slot machines to be used inside their respective establishments,” the release reads. “These devices are illegal and strictly in violation of Alabama State Law.”
The businesses searched include Michael’s Lounge on Navco Road and the Touch of Blues, Brandi’s Lounge and Phat Tuesday, which are all located on St. Stephens Road.
According to police, at least 12 illegal gambling devices were found and seized during the operation.
According to jail records, Watts, who was operating Michael’s Lounge, has previous charges for possessing gambling devices as well as other charges for failing to file sales taxes and selling alcohol without a licence.
Operation “Little Vegas” was conducted with assistance from several MPD departments and the Mobile County Street Enforcement Narcotics Team.
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