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Illegal games and alcohol seized in raid

The Baltimore Sun

Agents from the Maryland comptroller's office and city police officers raided a South Baltimore bowling alley this week and seized eight illegal video poker machines, money and alcohol, state authorities said yesterday.

Comptroller Peter Franchot's office said no charges have yet been filed against Charm City Duckpin Lanes in the 3500 block of S. Hanover St.

"The comptroller's office is serious about going after illegal sales and gaming in Maryland," according to a statement issued by Franchot. "We are sending a message that unlawful activity will not be tolerated."

The comptroller's office said agents had raided the bowling alley last week to confiscate illegal alcohol and noticed the machines. They returned Thursday night with city police and opened eight of the machines and seized internal circuit boards and $2,754, officials said.

They said an additional $676 was seized from other areas of the business.

Police said the machines issued payout slips indicating cash payments to players.

Authorities also said that the owner had failed to register his business with the Baltimore City Liquor Board as a "bottle club," which would allow patrons to bring in their own beverages.

In the previous week's raid, comptroller's agents said they found 900 containers of beer, two half-kegs of beer and two quarter-kegs of beer.

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