published Friday, March 23rd, 2012

GBI, local authorities raid Dalton, Trenton stores

Local authorities and Georgia Bureau of Investigation agents raided stores in Trenton and Dalton Thursday for commercial Internet gambling, officials in Dade County confirmed this morning.

Dade County Sheriff’s Department investigations division officials said the raids were the culmination of a three-month operation by local authorities and the GBI in which gamer were paid off on winnings. The store in Trenton is dubbed “Lucky Peaches,” authorities said.

Officials said the raids were conducted simultaneously about 11 a.m. Thursday.

Authorities seized computers used in Internet gambling, cash and some prizes intended as pay outs for wins, according to officials.

No charges have been filed against either store owners or employees so far, officials said. Store employees are believed not to have known they were conducting an illegal activity, a detective said.

Dade officials said a “special ops” unit from Walker County assisted in the operation in Dade County.

More information is expected to be released later.

about Ben Benton...

Ben Benton is a news reporter at the Chattanooga Times Free Press. He covers Southeast Tennessee and previously covered North Georgia education. Ben has worked at the Times Free Press since November 2005, first covering Bledsoe and Sequatchie counties and later adding Marion, Grundy and other counties in the northern and western edges of the region to his coverage. He was born and raised in Cleveland, Tenn., a graduate of Bradley Central High School. Benton ...

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