Sweeping Raids Target Illegal Gambling Across Columbus Gas Stations

March 5, 2024
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🚨 The Gist: In a significant operation on March 5, authorities raided nine Columbus-area gas stations implicated in illegal gambling activities.

🕵️ The Details: The GBI, alongside the Muscogee County Sheriff’s Office and the Georgia Lottery Corporation, conducted coordinated raids at several locations under suspicion of violating Georgia’s gambling statutes. These establishments were allegedly offering unlawful cash payouts through Coin Operated Amusement Machines. Under Georgia law, such machines must only dispense non-cash rewards.

The targeted sites in the Chattahoochee Judicial Circuit included:

  • Hop In, 7890 Veterans Parkway, Columbus, GA
  • Hop In, 4499 Warm Springs Rd, Columbus, GA
  • Hop In, 1400 Double Churches Rd, Columbus, GA
  • Lotto Mart, 400 3rd Avenue, Columbus, GA
  • Citgo Quik Mart, 314 5th Street, Columbus, GA
  • Hop In, 3875 St. Mary’s Road, Columbus, GA
  • Hop In, 5757 Buena Vista Road, Columbus, GA
  • Hop In, 3021 Macon Road, Columbus, GA
  • Hop In, 871 U.S. Hwy 27, Cataula, GA

Over 40 agents, investigators, and officers participated in this widespread crackdown, which is expected to lead to numerous arrests.

📊 By The Numbers:

  • 9 locations raided
  • Over 40 law enforcement personnel involved
  • Several pending arrests

📜 The Big Picture: This operation shows the persistent efforts of Georgia authorities to eliminate illegal gambling, ensuring compliance with state laws and promoting fair business practices.

🚔 Why It Matters: By dismantling these illegal operations, law enforcement aims to protect consumers, uphold the integrity of legal gambling, and prevent the associated risks of crime and exploitation.

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