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Report: Marijuana investigation leads to seizure of gaming machines from home

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Lillian Johnson (source: Alvin S. Glenn Detention Center) Lillian Johnson (source: Alvin S. Glenn Detention Center)

COLUMBIA, SC (WIS) - Nine gambling machines were seized from a Columbia home Thursday afternoon after a police officer smelled marijuana coming from the home.

According to an incident report from the Columbia Police Department, the investigation started when neighbors complained of drug activity at a home on Mt. Vernon Street. When the officer arrived at the home he noticed a smell of marijuana and gained permission to search the home, the report stated.

Once inside, according to the report, the officer noticed 6 gambling machines in a bedroom and 3 machines in the dining room. The officer also found marijuana in the home.

Police arrested Lillian Johnson, who lived at the home, on gambling charges and simple possession of marijuana.

Johnson told investigators that she was operating a gaming operation for cash proceeds but that she did not own the 9 machines.  She told police that a man comes by the house to check on the machines, according to the report.

Johnson was taken to the Alvin S. Glenn Detention center.

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