Illegal gambling machines, drugs discovered in Georgetown County bust

A Pawleys Island bar, once a Motel 6, was housing several illegal gambling machines, and police also found a small amount of marijuana, according to a Georgetown County Sheriff’s Office news release.

GCSO deputies, along with 15th Circuit Drug Enforcement Unit and State Law Enforcement Division, were conducting alcohol compliance checks when they found the electronic gambling machines and marijuana at the Pigeon’s Nest at 7903 Ocean Highway, police said.

Authorities said they found four illegal gambling machines at the Pigeon’s Nest and confiscated them. Jason Lesley, GCSO spokesman, described the machines taken by SLED as “games of chance.”

Police also discovered a small amount of marijuana by the front door, as well as in a vehicle, where the driver, who police said was wanted, was arrested, the release states.

Earlier that night, deputies also combed the Marsh Walk area of Murrells Inlet, which resulted in citations in connection with possessing a fake ID, open container, and minor in possession of alcohol, along with giving false information to law enforcement, according to a release from GCSO.