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TANNER, AL (WAFF) -
A tip from concerned neighbors led deputies to an illegal gaming hall near Tanner.
Deputies raided the building Thursday night at the intersection of Nuclear Plant Road and Lucas Ferry Road. They found several dozen gambling machines
Limestone County investigators said this is the first time they've seen something like this in the area. Deputies said the building was being rented by Thomas White and inside he was running a very extensive gambling operation.
Deputies said this raid stemmed from a six week long undercover investigation. Neighbors started to complain about the loud noise and heavy traffic that would flow through the neighborhood on weekends, so investigators sent in undercover agents to play the slots and collect winnings.
Deputies issued a search warrant and that's when they said they found 27 machines, nine guns, and at least $7,500 in cash.
White had machines set up in three rooms and had cameras throughout the building, according to investigators.
Sheriff Mike Blakely said he's never seen anything like this in Limestone County, and he's prepared to keep this illegal activity out of his jurisdiction.
"Every so often these places crop up, and anybody whose got them better be getting them out, because it's clearly against the law," said Blakely.
Detectives said 14 people were inside playing when they got here, but White was the only one arrested. Officials have not said what charges White faces.