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Ohio investigators seize 54 gaming machines during search of suspected illegal casino

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ALLIANCE, Ohio — Ohio's attorney general says state officials have searched a Mahoning County business suspected of operating as an illegal casino.

Attorney General Mike DeWine's office says agents with the state's Bureau of Criminal Investigation and Smith Township police removed 54 machines from the business Tuesday. Officials say 46 of those machines were operational.

Police had received several complaints from residents regarding the establishment. The facility was suspected to have been operating casino gaming devices and giving cash payouts. Officials say skill games with cash prizes are illegal under Ohio law unless operated by a casino or racino.

DeWine said in a statement that officials will not tolerate illegal casinos that lack regulatory oversight.

The investigation is ongoing.

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