PRICE, Utah (ABC4 News) – Officials with the Price City Police Department have launched a full investigation after 14 slot machines were found inside a laundromat.
Agents from the Carbon Metro Drug Task Force and officers from the Price City Police Department served a search warrant at Castle Country Hobby & Pawn, and Laundromat after many months of investigation and citizen complaints.
Officials say technicalities in Utah’s former gambling law provided a potential loophole in enforcement of Utah’s no gambling law. On Tuesday, May 14, 2019 at midnight that all changed when the new law went into effect.
The new law states possession of gambling machines is against the law. Owners throughout the state were given notice of this new change and when they would go into effect.
Officials with Price City say 14 slot machines and 3-coin pusher machines were found at the business, owned by Marty S. Robbins,
Officials say the electronic slot machines each had a sign taped on the front that read “Out of Order,” however officials say each machine was still plugged into a power strip or wall socket, and still fully functioning.
A statement released on the Price City Police Department Facebook account reads:
“Gambling is typically viewed as a victimless crime, however, complainants and agents have allegedly noted, that those observed playing these machines are typically among the most vulnerable citizens from our community. They are the least likely to have expendable cash for recreational gambling.”
The Carbon County Attorney’s Office will review police reports to determine what charges are appropriate