The Pennsylvania State Police Bureau of Liquor Control Enforcement has executed search warrants and conducted inspections yesterday at 39 different licensed liquor establishments and a warehouse in Beaver County.

Liquor control enforcement officers and state troopers seized 279 illegal gambling devices during the operation, which state law enforcement officials say was part of an ongoing investigation.

“Illegal gambling devices are not subject to oversight and regulations to protect the player,” warned state police. “Additionally, unlike games authorized under the Small Games of Chance Act, there is no Public Interest Purpose designation for the proceeds generated from these illegal devices.”

Owners of businesses engaged in illegal gambling, employees assisting in the illegal activities, and distributors of illegal gambling devices may be subject to criminal charges and administrative violations of the liquor code, according to state police.

John Paul
John Paul is the founder of the Beaver Countian. He reports full-time for the site, specializing in investigative journalism with an emphasis on public corruption.

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Jay Eric
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Jay Eric

From where and who owned them and the businesses??

Aileen Gilbert
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Aileen Gilbert

Good question???

Marciamusguire@gmail.com
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Marciamusguire@gmail.com

Governor wolf must have needed a pay raise. This is the easiest way to get one. Crime is too difficult to conquer.

Jim mcwilliams
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Jim mcwilliams

Why only half the story? What bars? What people?

John Q Taxpayer
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John Q Taxpayer

Confiscating slot machines….and this is what they are doing while there is an opioid epidemic and people are being murdered in the streets.

Darryl Ruby
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Darryl Ruby

They would rather enforce victimless crimes than go after real criminals. Gambling machines don’t fight back.

sky
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sky

its all about the money that’s why they only pay attention to whose not getting any and whose in the way of getting more

jaacee
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jaacee

You don’t think this has any connection to the on-going corruption investigation, and the DelTondo assasination???

Cheese Wizz
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Cheese Wizz

Understand state police was pushed off cases. So state police say “Ok Fungers”. Let me hit you where your corruption starts. Don’t tell me that clubs weren’t calling local officials this morning. State police is starting. Heard that there hasn’t been a hit like this since 1989. Hmmm

SpeakTheTruthToo
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SpeakTheTruthToo

^^^^^^^^this right here is the point of this story^^^^^^^^^

equalizer13
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equalizer13

Most definitely connected. Illegal gambling allows money to be laundered to buy more drugs. WTF? Did you people grow up in Mt Lebanon or something. Connect the dots. Intersection between the dots is the MPI club. One moves the cash, the other the dope. Somebody forgot to drop off an envelope. Bulldoze the MPI Club and problem solved. Unless San Rocco intervenes. Corrupt thugs hiding behind religion and being good ol boys just trying to make a living. Should they be chasing the dope dealers? They are, watch where this money trail leads back to. This is just the tip of the grand jury as they peel back the layers of the organized crime onion in this county. We’ve only just begun.

equalizer13
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equalizer13

John Q, where do you think they get the cash for the drugs? Untraceable, strictly cash operations. Just like the little “Store” in Aliquippa before you head to Ambridge. Think that’s a legitimate operation? Didn’t they catch them dealing weed there a while back? I bet it’s on the up and up now. Ha Ha.

seekingjustice
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seekingjustice

Calm down John Q. Taxpayer – you don’t think this has something to do with the murder???? I’m thinking it does.

The more you know
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The more you know

They didn’t use narcotics officers or crime intervention officers to confiscate machines…which probably only took a few hours to do.

Accordingtome
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Accordingtome

“Additionally, unlike games authorized under the Small Games of Chance Act, there is no Public Interest Purpose designation for the proceeds generated from these illegal devices.”

Translation: the state taxes a dollar, keeps 98 cents of it and gives two cents to seniors or some other “public interest purpose.” It’s amazing how they can see licensed gambling through their rose colored glasses at the same time they are viewing unlicensed gambling as a mortal sin on par with human trafficking.

Thanks, PA state police and LCB…I suddenly feel so much safer. Maybe I’ll go walk the streets of Aliquippa later since you have crime all wrapped up.

ricimer
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ricimer

Ya the streets of Aliquippa are a paradise now. We can forget all about the murders corrupt police cocaine dealing etc. etc. Lets give the Sheriffs Dept. full police powers and Georgie and tiny Tony and the boys will really make Beaver County Safe.

Artie Lange
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Artie Lange

They can kill a girl in her mother’s driveway make it be a love triangle which I don’t think anyone is buying and can’t make any arrests but don’t u worry the illegal machines in dive bars is top priority. I feel safe now too Feeling like rolling the dice with u on that stroll thru aliquippa I think we’re safe as long as we don’t walk in front of the police station we may catch a stray from one of the cops trying to who knows, maybe unload a clip on a young beautiful woman in her mother’s. But then again that type of thing wld never happen there.

sezme
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sezme

wait till sports betting starts. then all we will be hearing about is” who threw the superbowl?’

Raven
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Raven

Wait for the other shoe to drop…

equalizer13
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equalizer13

Spot on Raven. Stand by for big shit to happen.

Disgruntled
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Disgruntled

Raven, it seems like all we do is wait.