VFW post defends gaming machines amid state raids

- State agents are raiding several VFW organizations in Pasco County, looking for illegal gambling machines.

FOX 13 has learned of at least three VFW posts that have been raided in the last month by the Florida Division of Alcoholic Beverages and Tobacco. 

James St. Denis, who helps run American Legion post 335 in Hudson, says he’s not moving the illegal gambling machines he admits to having at his VFW Post.  

St. Denis says the cash from the machines helps support veterans and the charity work they do in the community.

"It makes me mad they are coming after us when we are not running a casino," St. Denis said. “We've spent $3,000 on Christmas gifts... We can’t do that on selling a drink for $2.50.”

ABT has not responded to FOX 13’s requests for a comment on the investigation.

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