JONESBORO, Ga. – Law officers seized more than $100,000 in cash and assets and arrested 18 during illegal gambling raids in Clayton County, Ga.
Local authorities said Wednesday that a six-week investigation was launched after they received numerous complaints from businesses concerned about suspicious traffic around eight stores.
An undercover officer said calls also were received from relatives saying that loved ones spent money on gambling machines, which are illegal in Georgia.
The businesses being investigated had back rooms with gambling machines that would produce vouchers that players could redeem for cash and other items, officials claimed Wednesday.
"They pay out cash, alcohol, tobacco and lottery, which [is] illegal in the state of Georgia," Clayton County Sheriff's Office investigator Josh Waites said.