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Pullman’s only winery under investigation for illegal gambling

UPDATED: Wed., Jan. 30, 2019

Pullman’s only winery is under investigation for illegal gambling for possessing a craps table.

Investigators on Monday searched Merry Cellars Winery, at 1300 NE Henley Court in Pullman, after finding a homemade craps table in a private area during a routine inspection that hadn’t been conducted in four years, according to court documents.

The investigators, from the Washington State Gambling Commission and the Washington State Liquor and Cannabis Board, who worked in tandem, heard about the craps table from a confidential informant, according to court documents.

Investigators seized chips, trays and other gambling devices from the winery. They also seized $14 in cash.

The law, RCW 9.46.215, states that possessing a “gambling device,” such as a craps table, could lead to a prison sentence up to five years and a fine of up to $100,000.

The owner, Patrick Merry, was not immediately available for comment.

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