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April 19, 2012

12 gambling machines seized from Clover bar

Twelve gambling machines were seized from a Clover bar, and the owner was arrested, officials say.

Twelve gambling machines were seized from a Clover bar Tuesday night, and the owner was arrested, officials say.

Teresa Caldwell, 48, of Kings Mountain, N.C., is charged with unlawful possession of a slot/vending machine and keeping a gaming house, according to York County authorities. She is being held in Moss Justice Center in York.

Caldwell is the owner of Kerosene Bar on Bethel Street in Clover, said Marvin Brown, York County drug enforcement unit leader.

Officials received a tip about slot and poker machines at the bar months ago, Brown said. Undercover agents visited the bar, observing and playing games on the machines.

The machines were in the back of the bar, which had a gaming attendant, Brown said. Customers could receive payouts from the machines.

About 8 p.m. Tuesday, county agents, assisted by Clover Police, raided the bar and took the machines, Brown said.

The raid was a result of a joint operation between the York County Multijurisdictional Drug Enforcement Unit, the York County Sheriff’s Office, the 16th Circuit Solicitor’s Office, the State Law Enforcement Division and the S.C. Attorney General’s Office.

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