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Lottery Security Section Detectives Seize Record Number of Illegal Gambling Machines in Lincoln County
Sergeant Vern Fowler
Lottery Security Section
Office: (503) 540-1420

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An investigation by Oregon State Police Lottery Security Section detectives in Lincoln County led to the seizure of 250 gambling devices, including 244 slot machines found Friday in a shop south of Newport. Lottery Security Section detectives advise this is the largest seizure of unlawful gambling devices in Oregon.
On January 31, 2008, OSP Lottery Security Section Detective Cari Boyd and Sergeant Vern Fowler assisted Lincoln County Interagency Narcotics Team (LINT) with a search warrant related to a narcotics investigation at 35 Cook Avenue in Depoe Bay. Officers seized suspected methamphetamine, drug scales and packaging material, documents and various pharmaceuticals not prescribed to RHONDA NEWMAN, age 49. In addition to the drug investigation related evidence, officers also found six gambling devices, also known as Pachislo machines, and seized them as evidence. NEWMAN was lodged in Lincoln County Jail for:
  • Unlawful Possession of Methamphetamine
  • Unlawful Possession of a Controlled Substance (two counts)
  • Identity Theft
  • Six counts of Unlawful Possession of a Gambling Device
As the result of a follow-up investigation by detectives the source of the unlawful slot machines was determined. On February 1, 2008, Detective Boyd and Sergeant Fowler contacted FREDRICK SAXTON III, age 40, and determined SAXTON had purchased the Pachislo machines from Japan in 2003.
SAXTON consented to a search of his shop behind his residence at 9459 SE Cedar in South Beach where detectives found 244 unlawful Pachislo machines. Detectives seized the machines and cited SAXTON to appear in Lincoln County Circuit Court for 244 counts of Unlawful Possession of a Gambling Device.
Unlawful Possession of a Gambling Device (ORS 167.117) is a class A misdemeanor.
The mission of the Lottery Security Section is to ensure that all Lottery gaming activities are conducted in a fair, honest, and secure manner with the highest level of integrity, and in accordance with all statutes, Administrative Rules, Policies, and Management Directives.

The Department provides all security services necessary to ensure security, fairness, integrity, and honesty in the operation and administration of the Lottery, including but not limited to:
  • Background investigations of all prospective employees, Lottery game retailers, Lottery vendors, and Lottery contractors;
  • Detection and investigation of crimes against the Lottery;
  • Enforcement of the State prohibition on gray machines;
  • Consultation and recommendations regarding gambling issues and on-site security measures; and
  • On-site security and surveillance of all Lottery premises.