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Police raid suspected illegal gambling operation at Utah gas station

Gambling machines and bags of cash were seized.

(Utah Attorney General's Office) Police seize gambling machines from a gas station in Roy.

A suspected illegal gambling operation at a Roy gas station has been shut down, and the gas station’s owner has been arrested, according to authorities.

Undercover agents had been watching the operation at a Texaco gas station at 4395 S. 1900 West “for months,” according to the Utah Attorney General’s office. From October through December, agents played the “gaming devices” and were illegally paid in cash for their winnings.

Authorities seized 20 “video game-style machines” and several large bags of cash from the gas station. According to a news release from the attorney general’s office, the 30-year-old owner of the gas station is accused of operating the illegal gambling operation since he bought the Texaco in 2018.

The news release states that the suspect “admitted to operating the gambling devices, and that cash from the devices is mixed and deposited with everyday proceeds from the convenience store.”

Pending formal charges, the suspect was arrested for investigation of money laundering, pattern of unlawful activity and 20 counts of operating fringe gambling devices. He was booked into the Weber County jail, where he is being held without bail.

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