Alleged gambling site busted

NEWPORT, AR (KAIT) - Newport Police have busted an alleged illegal gambling site at Frankie's Place Bar & Grill in downtown Newport.

According to Police Chief Michael Scudder, the place has been under investigation for two weeks, and undercover officers have been inside the business.

Police served a search warrant Friday afternoon.  During the bust, 10 slot machines and 1 coin machine were taken into evidence.

"People could come and play these machines and the machines would dispense tickets you could then exchange those tickets with her for cash.  That's illegal, that's gambling and that's absolutley not allowed," said Newport Detective Lt. Patrick Weatherford.

The business owner, 51-year-old Frankie Combs was taken to the police station for questiong and then released but she could face charges.

"The charges she could face is called keeping a gambling house.  That's a Class D Felony that carries up to six years in prison and up to $10,000 fine," said Weatherford.

Weatherford said it would be up to the prosecutor to decide on any charges, but he also said Combs is not the owner of the machines.

"These machines are owned by a compay called S & S Amusements out of Forrest City.  These machines could actually have a lawful purpose, however in the way she was using the machines is unlawful," said Weatherford.

The case is still under investigation.  Charges could be filed in the coming days.