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CMPD seize machines, arrest 2 at Charlotte sweepstakes parlor

Charlotte-Mecklenburg police have seized several machines and more than $6,700 in cash from a sweepstakes parlor in north Charlotte.

Investigators and Mecklenburg County ABC officers searched the Game Room at 4824 North Graham Street Thursday and found machines containing poker, bingo, keno and other video games that allow players to wager money to receive a payoff.

Two were arrested in the search. Steven Harrington, 39, faces a felony illegal gambling charge and other misdemeanor alcohol charges. Employee Angel Stephenson, 22, was arrested on misdemeanor charges in connection with the slot machine operation.

The investigation was the latest of CMPD’s broader effort to ensure that gaming parlors across the region are in compliance with a new state law that bans certain types of sweepstakes games.

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