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Gambling raid in Southwest Georgia

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.

Jeremy Spencer grew up in rural South Georgia and has served as a healthcare provider, high school science teacher, school administrator, and state education official. Jeremy is currently the market and content manager for All on Georgia-Camden and Glynn Counties. Jeremy’s focus is local news, statewide education issues, and statewide political commentary for the All on Georgia News Network. Jeremy has served as an education policy analyst for local legislators and state education leaders as well as a campaign strategist for local and statewide political campaigns. Jeremy holds degrees in science and education from the University of Georgia, Piedmont College, and Valdosta State University. Jeremy has lived in Camden County for over 17 years.

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