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Selma police seize gambling machines

SELMA (AP) — Three separate gambling operations in Selma were taken down simultaneously as police made five arrests and seized 17 video gaming machines, each valued at $8,000.

A sixth person is wanted by authorities, who police said ran an illegal gambling and bootleg liquor operation.

There were five machines seized at the Lawrence St. Grocery in Selma on Wednesday. Marcus Hopkins, 53, was arrested and jailed on $3,000 bond.

Six gaming machines were seized at The Variety Shop. Joe Ford, 62, and Gidget Lewis, 45, were charged and jailed on $6,000 bond. The third location was a house where police seized six gaming machines seized. They arrested Corey Horton, 23, and Georgia Carter, 36. Horton was jailed on $500 bond and Carter on $4,000.

All five suspects were released Wednesday night. Homeowner Ralph Jones is wanted by authorities, police said.

Police also seized a grocery cart filled with iced beer and a variety of alcohol that was sold without a license.

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