SalemNews.com, Salem, MA

December 24, 2013

Police, ABCC investigate Salem VFW Post on Derby St.

By Neil H. Dempsey
Staff Writer

---- — SALEM — Acting on tips alleging illegal gambling, police and the Alcoholic Beverages Control Commission made a surprise visit to the Witch City VFW Post on Derby Street on Saturday night.

Detective Sgt. James Page wouldn’t say whether anything illegal was discovered during the “administrative inspection” but said he’d be forwarding his report to the city’s Licensing Board. Page said there had been multiple complaints about illegal gambling at the VFW.

A spokeswoman for the ABCC said yesterday that the organization had been on scene to provide assistance and support to the police, who were leading the investigation. She declined to comment on anything further, referring questions to police.

A man who answered the VFW’s phone yesterday afternoon declined to comment.