Law enforcement raided gambling locations throughout Albany and Cordele in Southwest Georgia on Tuesday.
The Georgia Bureau of Investigation’s Commercial Gambling Unit, along with the Mid-South Narcotics Task Force, the Crisp County Sheriff’s Office, the Albany-Dougherty Drug Unit and in cooperation with the Georgia Lottery Corporation and the Georgia Department of Revenue executed five search warrants in Cordele and Albany for violations of Georgia’s gambling laws.
Search warrants were issued at the following for four business in Cordele and Albany:
- “Jay’s Place”, 1111 A South 7th Street, Cordele
- “Pool Room”, 204 Joe Wright Drive, Cordele
- 1411 E. 16th Avenue, Suite H, Cordele
- “Dis and Dat,” 102 E. 14th Avenue, Suite B, Cordele
- “Dis and Dat Apparel,” 2228 Palmyra Road, Albany
The results of the investigation discovered businesses operating unlicensed Coin-Operated Amusement Machines (COAMS) where customers were receiving cash payouts for winning credits. In Georgia, COAMS must be properly licensed by the Georgia Lottery and credits may only be obtained for lottery tickets and/or store merchandise.
Agents collected evidence related to the crimes of commercial gambling and seized monetary assets gained from the illegal use of gaming machines.