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Ad for Slots Leads to Arrest

1 September 2004

Las Vegas Sun

CLOVIS, N.M. -- Undercover agents with the state Gaming Control Board arrested a man after he placed a newspaper ad to sell slot machines.

John A. Mesner, 59, of Clovis was arrested on five counts of possession of illegal gaming devices and one count of unlawful transportation, sale and distribution of a gaming device, the board said in a news release Tuesday.

The undercover agents who met with Mesner at his home seized five illegal slot machines, the board said.

The case was referred to the district attorney's office in Curry County.

"We want to remind the public that the possession, sale and-or distribution of unlicensed gaming devices is a felony crime in New Mexico and is strictly enforced by the Gaming Control Board," said Deputy Executive Director Greg Saunders.

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