PDT Staff Writer
American Legion Post 43 in Greenup County, Ky. is facing two counts of selling alcohol in a dry territory and two counts of promoting gambling in the second degree.
According to Nathan Jones of the Public Protection Cabinet’s Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control (ABC), the ABC and the Department of Charitable Gaming joined forces in a two-month investigation that stemmed from complaints alleging illegal activities at Post 43.
The enforcement agencies executed a search warrant last week and discovered large quantities of alcoholic beverages, cash and gambling paraphernalia such as pull tabs. Undercover surveillance also revealed that alcohol was served and sold, and gambling was allowed on the property.
“I am pleased with the combined efforts of investigators and officers of the ABC’s Division of Enforcement and the Department of Charitable Gaming,” ABC Enforcement Director Mike Razor said. “This type of investigation is time consuming and takes a tremendous amount of coordination.”
As a result of the charges, four criminal summonses were issued to that post.
“The successful use of these resources is reflected in the results of this warrant service. The American Legion is a wonderful organization, and I support it fully. However, they must follow the laws like everyone. It is not fair to those who follow the steps to obtain the proper license to legally sell alcohol or conduct charitable gaming,” Razor said.
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