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Two men charged with possessing illegal gaming machines

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John Lewis Segroves (Source: Lexington County Detention Center) John Lewis Segroves (Source: Lexington County Detention Center)
Charles Christian Black (Source: Lexington County Detention Center) Charles Christian Black (Source: Lexington County Detention Center)
LEXINGTON COUNTY, SC (WIS) -

Lexington County Sheriff's Department deputies arrested two men for unlawfully possessing five illegal video gambling devices that sheriff's department narcotics investigators seized on Jan. 16 at a business on Augusta Road near West Columbia.

Lexington County Sheriff James R. Metts said Charles Christian Black, 47, and John Lewis Segroves, 34, turned themselves in on Friday on arrest warrants on one count each of unlawfully possessing gambling devices.

Black was released from the Detention Center on Friday after Black posted a $2,500 bond.

Segroves was released from the Detention Center on Friday on a $2,500 personal recognizance bond.

An arrest warrant alleges that Black owned five illegal video gambling devices and operated the gambling devices at his business at 4265-G Augusta Road, West Columbia, Metts said. On January 16, sheriff's investigators in cooperation with the South Carolina Law Enforcement Division seized five Pot-O-Gold-style cabinet video gambling devices, one five-camera video surveillance security system and $70 in cash from Black's business.

An arrest warrant also alleges that Segroves was employed at Black's business, and Segroves allowed patrons at the business to play games on the illegal video gambling devices, Metts said.

On Jan. 17, a Lexington County magistrate ruled that the five gambling devices that investigators found at Black's business were illegal gambling devices, which were subject to seizure by law enforcement officers, Metts said.

Under South Carolina law, a magistrate must determine whether each individual gambling device is illegal.

Metts asked anyone with information about illegal video gambling devices to call the Lexington County Sheriff's Department at (803) 785-8230 or CrimeStoppers at 1-888-CRIME-SC.

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