Paducah Police Raid Illegal Gambling Operation
By WestKyStar Staff
PADUCAH, KY - Paducah police Tuesday afternoon broke up a gambling operation and arrested two men accused of running the illegal setup.
One of the men, 63-year-old Dewey Griffin of Central City, KY, was arrested on charges of first-degree promoting gambling and possession of marijuana. The second man, 70-year-old Jimmy Jackson of New Liberty Church Road in Kevil, was arrested for first-degree promoting gambling.
Detective Seargant Brian Laird said the gambling house apparently had been operating in a vacant store at 2517 Bridge Street, since late spring. Laird said detectives began receiving tips about illegal activities there and began investigating in mid-summer.
About 1:00 pm Tuesday, detectives served a search warrant at the gambling house. More than 10 slot machines were seized, along with more than $3,000 in cash, poker chips, a poker table and other items. Several hundred dollars of the cash was found hidden in the ceiling.
Laird said the investigation showed Griffin and Jackson were running the gambling operation.
"They would pay cash winnings to someone who played the slot machines and won", Laird said. "I feel safe in saying, too, that they operated a weekly poker game during which the house took a cut. Basically, every hand, a couple of chips came out and that went to the house."
Laird said investigators currently don't know how much Griffin and Jackson profited from the operation. However, he said "we have their ledgers, which we'll be going through".
A patron of the business, 71-year-old Robert Cruse, of Atlanta Street in Paducah, was playing a slot machine when detectives arrived with the search warrant. He was cited on a charge of second-degree promoting gambling and released.
Griffin and Jackson were booked into McCracken County Regional Jail.