400 poker machines seized in raids

Will the hypocrisy ever end??!!

[Dozens of businesses from Pittsburgh to the Mon Valley were raided this week by more than 100 law enforcement officers, who seized nearly 400 electronic poker machines from the proprietors, police said.

No arrests have been made in an investigation lead by the Allegheny County District Attorney's Office]

Maybe we should just rename the Allegheny County District Attorney’s Office the Don Barden Security Force. I mean come on! Pittsburgh is about to get a huge casino smack dab in downtown Pittsburgh with probably 1000s of slot machines and rows of card tables, yet the DA is concerned with some video poker machines??!! What hypocrites!

["I can confirm that earlier this week a significant operation was carried out under the direction of the District Attorney's Office," said Mike Manko, spokesman for District Attorney Stephen A. Zappala Jr.

He declined to comment on the depth and breadth of the investigation. Mr. Manko, when asked whether a county grand jury was part of the investigation, said he is "not permitted to comment on the workings" of that body]

It was bad enough that the state facilitated gambling with the numbers games (daily lottery, lotto, pick 6, powerball, scratch-n-win, etc, etc) and had the nerve to say that these programs benefited senior citizens. Yeah, right! Many of the gambling addicted seniors in the region are who fuel the lottery programs and who will lose everything once an actual casino lands here. These folks cannot afford their prescription drugs because of the money they blow on the lottery – how is that a benefit??!

[The task force included officers from Pittsburgh, district attorney detectives, state police, state Liquor Control Enforcement officers and local police from various departments in towns where the businesses are operated, including the borough and township of Elizabeth. Borough Police Chief John Snelson said one of the raided operators was the social club of Elizabeth Borough Volunteer Fire Department.

Mr. Manko said the raids are aimed at curtailing organized criminal activity in the region]

I would like to see these folks utilize their resources a little better. How about educating youngsters on the dangers of gambling? How about setting up programs for seniors who suffer from this dire disease??  This just doesn’t make any sense! How much do you think this raid cost the taxpayers in this region? Was it worth it? I think not!

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