Crackdown catches fraction of illegal gambling machines

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Indianapolis - A nearly yearlong state crackdown on illegal gambling devices has yielded only a handful of the thousands of illicit poker and slot machines that some lawmakers predicted the campaign would uncover.

After 11 months and $2.5 million spent, Indiana's new illegal gambling czar says his 15 investigators have seized 760 machines.

When the crackdown was ordered last year, Republican leaders in the General Assembly promised the effort to haul the devices out of taverns and truck stops would more than offset the 4,000 new slot machines lawmakers authorized for the state's two horse tracks.

Senate President David Long, a Fort Wayne Republican, says many machines have been shifted out of sight to avoid prosecution.

He says those machines quietly disappeared as a result of the passage of the new law.

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