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Northcott makes pledge to fight ‘illegal poker machines’

Craig Northcott, District Attorney for the 14th Judicial District

Coffee County District Attorney General, Craig Northcott, has issued a statement regarding the alleged return of “Illegal poker machines” in the Coffee County area.

See his full statement here:


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When I first took office in 2014, I promised that I would not allow organized and 

systemic illegal gambling operations to continue in Coffee County, especially as it 

relates to poker machines. At the time, many convenience stores and other 

businesses throughout the County had multiple machines operating and they, 

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along with the supplier of the machines, promoted gambling for their own financial 

gain. This conduct was and still is a Class E felony in Tennessee. So long as it 

remains such, I will not turn a blind eye to this criminal enterprise.

Within a few weeks of my election in 2014, my office with the help of our law 

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enforcement partners were able to rid the County of these machines. In recent 

months, I have learned that the machines have returned. The operators falsely 

claim that these machines are legal and will place signs on them to suggest that 

they are not gambling machines. This is clearly not true under Tennessee law. 

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Please know that I am making efforts to find these machines, eliminate them from 

the County, and prosecute those who are operating/supplying them. 

Also know that using them is a crime.

I am reaching out to the community for your help in learning where these machines 

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are located. If you are aware of these poker machines being operated within 

Coffee County, please contact Inv. Brandon Reed with my office to provide him with 

this information. He can be reached at (931) 723-5055 or

I appreciate your assistance and look forward to eliminating this problem once 

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Craig Northcott

District Attorney

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