Nelson County, Virginia
Just after noon Friday, Nelson lawmen along with agents from The Virginia Alcohol Beverage Commission and the Bedford County Sheriff’s Department raided the Little Texas convenience store near the county line on U.S. 29 South the far Southern end of the Nelson near the Amherst border.
Nelson County Sheriff, David Brooks says the seizure of the machines marked the end of several months of an undercover operation looking into the illegal slot machines that he says were on site. “They were slot machines that pay out on a vouchers and I.O.U.’s. It is illegal to operate a slot machine that pays out money in the State Of Virginia,” Sheriff Brooks said Friday afternoon outside the small market that reopened within the past two years.
The sheriff says that four different people have been charged with 12 felony counts of illegal gambling along with 4 administrative violations involving the store’s ABC license. The sheriff went on to say that agents had been going into the store over the past several months documenting the illegal payouts.
Charges are pending against four different people according to the sheriff, they are:
Joseph Charles Pallotti, SR
Sheriff Brooks says the case will be presented to the next term of the Nelson County Grand Jury for direct indictment.