Lowndes County Sheriffs and Metro Narcotics Unit agents responded to the Upper Half Club in Artesia on Wednesday night around 10 p.m. in response to illegal gambling machines being on the premises.
Deputies found five Cherry Masters electronic gaming machines in a small room hidden by a shower curtain panel.
They retrieved a total of $1,447 from the room, $1,152 found in a wad behind two of the machines, and it was only found as officers removed the machines from the premises. The five machines held only a total of $295 in their lockboxes.
Four people were arrested for the misdemeanor charge of Gambling on scene, including, Willie Poster, 62, of Artesia; Donnail Lucious, 56, of Starkville; Sylvester Warren, 65, of Crawford; and Mae Ruth Gandy, 57 of Starkville.
The beer permit for the Upper Half Club, called “The Pool Room” by people on scene, was issued to a Robert Colbert of Crawford.
Agent Archie Williams, Narcotics Unit Commander Bobby Grimes, and Deputies Tony Perkins, Willie Jones and Will Spann removed the machines from the club.0