By Lauren Estes
The Cullman Times
Six gambling machines were seized from a 73-year-old man’s West Point home on Thursday afternoon, following a tip received at the Cullman County Sheriff’s Office.
Richard Jones of West Point was brought in Thursday evening after Cullman County sheriff’s deputies found gambling machines in his home, following a letter received by Cullman County Sheriff Mike Rainey on March 22. The residence is located at County Road 1178 in West Point, three miles from West Point school.
“I received an anonymous letter saying Jones had gambling machines in his garage and traffic coming in and out,” Rainey said. “They (deputies) have been working on it ever since then. We received another letter last Friday and they’ve been out there several times and were finally able to make contact with someone and shut it down.”
Cullman Narcotics Enforcement Team director Joey Cone said that Jones, who has been diagnosed with a terminal illness, has yet to be arrested.
“He (Jones) is on oxygen and hasn’t been arrested yet,” Cone said. “We’re still doing the paperwork on him and the investigation is continuing.”
If arrested, Jones is facing two misdemeanor charges. One for promoting gambling and the other for possession of gambling devices.
“He was really cooperative about everything. He just said, ‘Me and my friends were having a good time,’” Cone said. “He had converted his garage into a place to play the gambling machines.”
Rainey said he is appreciative of the citizens who provided the Sheriff’s Office with information.
“When we get a tip, we take it seriously,” Rainey said. “We start running with that tip, but sometimes it takes a while to get it done. We’re thankful for the cooperation of the citizens, tipping us off, and we’re glad to be able to work with them.”
Lauren Estes can be reached at 256-734-2131, ext 270, or at email@example.com.