SOUTHEASTERN, NC (WECT) - Authorities are now legally allowed to patrol the electronic games. But the Supreme Court's ruling has lots of law enforcement officers and sweepstakes in limbo.
Prosecutors say there are other types of enforcement that could still be out there when it comes to sweepstakes parlors, including breaking the law when it comes to civil matters. But their focus will be on the criminal aspect.
"What we're always looking at with video poker, it's not uncommon then what we have with other things like drugs," said Ben David, District Attorney for New Hanover and Pender counties. "There are some drugs that are legal, some illegal. We need to make sure we only go after illegal things with criminal laws."
Although guidelines regarding what to look for have not been set yet for law enforcement officers, the David brothers have this message for sweepstakes owners:
"It's illegal right now as we're talking," said David. "Even though it's not being enforced now and won't be for awhile, we can always look back from Jan. 3 on. We have a two-year limitation with any misdemeanor, and there is no limitation for felonies."
They say that they will also reach out to the attorney general's office and other district attorney offices.
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