Raids target illegal gambling in Houston Co.

Friday morning, law enforcement teams in Houston County raided homes, convenience stores, bars, and even a flower store.

They searched for evidence of illegal gambling.

Houston County's District Attorney George Hartwig says Houston County Sheriffs, along with Warner Robins and Centerville police teamed up with the Georgia Bureau of Investigation.

They raided more than a dozen businesses and homes.

"There are a number of search warrants that are being executed," said Hartwig.

Fourteen of them.

Authorities say all of the businesses operate gaming machines, which is legal. However, they believe these places are giving cash payouts to customers, which violates state law.

"There probably will be individuals that will be arrested, and charged criminally throughout the day," said Hartwig.

Martha Ivester has worked next door to Dev's Gifts and Games for 2 years.

She says she was shocked when she saw police raid the place.

"They came out with two people. One guy was in chains and handcuffs. They brought a lady out and put her in the car, too," said Ivester.

She says this isn't the first time police have come to the area.

"We just never thought that that would happen this soon. They tried to bust it one time before, but nobody was there," Ivester said.

She says the area is usually safe, and she wants it to stay that way.

"People could get hurt or something, and that's not good. You'll never know what people will do," said Ivester.

The GBI says they have arrest warrants out on 8 people in the case. Seven are from Warner Robins and one from Byron.

As of Saturday, Warner Robins Police had 6 people in custody.


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