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PRINCE GEORGE, B.C. -- More than 60 illegal gaming machines were seized in raids from convenience stores across northern British Columbia. The 65 video lottery terminals were not properly licensed and people allegedly running the machines were not reporting income from them, the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) said in a statement Monday.
The seizures happened after a long-term investigation by RCMP and staff at the gaming branch of the B.C. Ministry of Public Safety. More seizures are likely to follow, the RCMP said.
"This is the tip of the iceberg," said Mike Caira, a spokesman for the Prince George RCMP. "You are going to see this continue throughout the province."
Caira said the machines were seized along with some money and records earlier this month from locations in seven small northern B.C. communities, including Smithers, Houston and Williams Lake. The machines are a lower-end version of gaming machines used in casinos. The people operating them did not seem to be linked to each other, he said.