Man accused of running speakeasy in Mantua
An Overbrook man is accused of operating a speakeasy in the Mantua section of West Philadelphia.
Officers with the Citywide Vice Unit on Thursday executed a search warrant at the property on the 700 block of Dekalb Street after receiving complaints of illegal beer sales, police said in a news release.
Detectives confiscated $593 in cash, $657.50 in coins, 156 bottles of beer and liquor, two jars of straws, a television, and a monitor, police said.
Also seized were two mechanical slot machines, an electronic video tabletop game, a deck of cards, five dice, and a surveillance camera, according to investigators.
Officers arrested 42-year-old Kevin Leopold Morris, of the 5800 block of Woodbine Avenue.
Morris is charged with possessing or making available gambling devices and with manufacturing malt or brewed beverages without a license, court records indicate.
He was released on his own recognizance Friday, and is next due in court Sept. 4 for a status hearing.