BYRON, Ga. — Four Byron businesses were raided Tuesday for violating the state's gambling laws, according to the Georgia Bureau of Investigation.
The GBI along with the Peach County Sheriff's Office and Byron Police Department worked together to carry out four search warrants at the following businesses:
- Primo Mexican Food Mart located at 2560 GA-Highway 247 Connector
- 247 Grocery Store located at 2572 GA-Highway 247 Connector
- Bobby’s Food Mart located at 4009 Highway 41 North
- Byron Smoke Shop located at 212 GA-Highway 49, Suite 400
The GBI says during the investigation, they found the businesses were using Coin Operated Amusement Machines (COAMS) to give customers cash payouts for winning, instead of the being redeemed for lottery tickets or store merchandise.
The GBI says agents collected evidence at the scenes and seized monetary assets gained from the illegal use of the machines.