Informant testifies about winnings in slot machine trial

Police load up slot machines confiscated in search warrant at Super Expressway last year.

Police load up slot machines confiscated in search warrant at Super Expressway last year.

Drew C. Wilson/Havelock News
Published: Thursday, April 24, 2014 at 05:53 PM.

A confidential informant testified Thursday that he felt like he was gambling when he won more than $110 playing a video slot machine last September 13 in Havelock.

The testimony came at the Craven County Courthouse in New Bern in the first day of the trial of Greg Muse, 52, of James City, who is charged with 15 counts of manufacturing or selling slot machines and one count of possessing a slot machine. Muse owns Craven Music Company.

Video evidence taken by a confidential informant showed the man entering the Super Expressway, paying $20 to a clerk and sitting down for about a 15-minute session playing one of the business’s two gaming machines.

After losing several games and winning a handful of others, the informant cashed in his ticket for $130 and change.

“I believed I was gambling,” the informant said on the stand. At the request of the Havelock Police Department, the Havelock News has agreed not to reveal the name of the confidential informant.

The state’s first witness was Lt. Christopher Morning, of the Havelock Police Department, who testified that the investigation into stand up style gaming machines was undertaken after the department received complaints.

Morning testified that the department purchased undercover video equipment and sent three undercover officers and three civilians into five Havelock businesses to gather evidence. The businesses included the Super Expressway, Jane’s Place, U.S. Mini Mart, Food Fare and Mr. P’s Sweepstakes.

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