Gaming devices seized at Y Marathon
The Tallassee Police Department - following an investigation by the Narcotics Unit into possible gambling on the premises – executed a search warrant at 65 Kent Road (the Marathon Gas Station).
Investigators located several active gambling machines located in a back room of the store. These machines were seized and the store owner Paresh Patel, age 35, was taken into custody and charged with eight counts of Possession of a Gambling Device and one count of Promoting Gambling.
Quoting Chief of Tallassee Police Matthew Higgins: “I would like to commend the officers involved for the hard work and dedication. While some people may not consider this a bad thing, it is currently illegal in the State of Alabama. These types of backroom activities generally promote other illegal activities.”
This investigation is currently on going and more charges may follow. All individuals taken into custody are innocent until proven guilty by a court of law.