Four unlicensed video poker machines were seized yesterday from a Veterans of Foreign Wars club in Crisfield during a series of gambling raids across Maryland by the State Police.
They served search warrants to vending machine businesses in Carroll, Prince George's and Somerset counties, seizing records in connection with a nine-month undercover investigation into the transportation and use of gambling machines in Maryland and across state lines, authorities said last night.
Thomas Rye, 49, of Jarrettsville, owner of LBJ Enterprises, and John Obradovic, 48, of Severna Park, owner of JMO Associates, were charged with illegal possession of slot machines.
Legislative action allowed the return of slot machines in seven Eastern Shore counties in 1987, with a requirement that 50 percent of the gambling proceeds go to charity.
Police estimate that $99 million has passed through machines licensed in some 185 clubs during the ensuing four years.